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NAABT Patient/Physician Matching System A Success
Date:10/21/2008

Internet technology making a difference in the lives of people addicted to

opioid painkillers and heroin.

FARMINGTON, Conn., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Launched in September 2006, NAABT.org's (http://www.naabt.org) free and anonymous online matching system has connected nearly 14,000 addicted patients with physicians certified to prescribe Suboxone for opioid addiction.

Less than 2% of US physicians are allowed by law to prescribe this treatment, and those that do have a Congress imposed limit on how many patients they can treat (30 or 100 based on how long they have been certified).

Virtually all US physicians can prescribe, without limits, the medication people become addicted to, but once addicted, less than 2% of doctors are legally able to treat them with the most effective FDA approved medications.

Prescription painkiller addiction has reached epidemic status according to many experts. Physicians have effective tools in their arsenal but are restricted in saving lives due to stigma and outdated laws that ration this lifesaving healthcare. Helping patients find a physician able to help them saves lives.

How the system works: Patients who can't find a doctor register anonymously online. Instantly, an email goes out to all participating physicians alerting them to a patient near them in need of help. Doctors review the patient details and respond if they have an opening and meet the patient's needs. Patients then receive an email with the doctor's contact info and a short note, sometimes within minutes of reaching out for help.

Background: An outdated 1914 law, still on the books, prevents doctors from prescribing the most effective FDA approved opioid addiction medications currently available. In 2000 an amendment to this law was passed that allowed doctors to prescribe certain medications specifically FDA approved for the treatment of opioid addi
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