MedCity News February 2, 2023
Brian Clear

Protectionism against (and fear of) telehealth on display from companies like Walmart and states like Alabama threaten the only effective and scalable solution to America’s opioid epidemic.

In the poem, The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost writes of the two roads that diverged in a wood and his inner struggle to select the correct path, even if it’s not the easy one. We’ve arrived at this crossroad in our use of telehealth to care for patients in recovery for opioid use disorder (OUD).

One road, reinforced by a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry, points to the continuation of telehealth. It found that people who received telehealth care for OUD during the Covid-19 pandemic on average had better outcomes and...

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