An expected Medicaid expansion next year will allow more low-income Southwest Colorado residents struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to seek more intensive treatment.
Local addiction experts say they hope new access to inpatient and residential addiction treatment can help prevent overdose deaths, which have been rising statewide for decades.
The number of Southwest Colorado residents who need intensive care is likely small, but it could give some patients with severe substance problems an important new option, said Stephanie Allred, Axis Health System senior clinical director.
“We just see them struggle in outpatient care and get disheartened,” Allred said.
Source: The Journal
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