We have been looking at some of the historical factors that influenced the curre


We have been looking at some of the historical factors that influenced the current behavioral health care network and how we have approached treatment for persons with substance use disorders. While addiction as a whole continues to be stigmatized, we see that persons who may need medication-assisted treatment (MAT), or who may opt for medication-supported recovery (MSR) face special challenges.You think about your childhood friend, Peter who still has ongoing issues. Both he and his sister, Jen are now abusing Oxycontin daily, an opioid-based painkiller; and heroin when it isn’t available. However, the siblings are still reluctant to enter treatment. Your sensitivity ‘elevator pitches’ around avoiding derogatory language and promoting a No Wrong Door/ROSC approach were well-taken by most of your peer group. Some of them even shared with you that they have family members with active substance use disorders. A few neighborhood kids you know also overdosed on opiates in the past few months, and you are aware this issue is still growing and there is a risk that it might become worse because of the pandemic.As an interested professional, you now want to make a difference in your community. A NIMBY (Not in my Backyard) petition is going around your neigborhood asking for signatures to close down a treatment program that is about five blocks from your home. When you do some research, you find out that the program has been there for more than five years and has been providing medication supported treatment and comprehensive medical services to more than 6,000 unique persons yearly.You are invited to attend the next City Council Meeting as an expert witness. Prepare the 5-minute speech you will give on the pros and cons of MAT. Include a recommendation on whether the program should stay open or be closed down.