For people in opioid treatment or active addiction, storm presents life-or-death challenge

For most people in the Philadelphia area, Wednesday’s storm was an inconvenience: a wet, miserable day better spent inside. But for people in treatment for opioid addiction, severe weather — or anything that keeps them from the medication they need to stave off painful withdrawal symptoms — can become a life-or-death challenge. That’s why housing staffers, outreach workers, and doctors across the city scrambled on Tuesday to prepare for the storm. Making sure patients could get to methadone clinics or pick up their suboxone prescriptions was paramount as the forecast worsened. Both medications are themselves opioids, carefully administered to help a patient gradually get out of addiction. Such medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, has been found in studies to offer patients the best chance at long-term recovery. For people in opioid treatment or active addiction, storm presents life-or-death challenge

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