Experts say need for more drug treatment centers is massive


COLUMBUS -- Attorney General Mike DeWine just released a 12-point plan to combat the opioid crisis. He called to double the treatment capacity in Ohio and to greatly expand addiction specialists.

A recent Ohio State study on the issue last week said the state only has the capacity to treat 40 percent of drug abusers.

“There is unquestionably a very acute need for recovery resources,” OhioHealth’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said.

Dr. Vanderhoff said hospitals traditionally treat overdoses then send people to inpatient facilities. But there is a serious lack of inpatient care right now. There are waiting lists for the programs. They can be hard to get into and hard to pay for.

“We have a role to play in creating the outpatient treatment capabilities,” Dr. Vanderhoff said.

He also stressed the need for trained addiction specialists.

“The problem is, nationally, there aren’t nearly enough of these specialists in training so we are going to have to grow our own,” Dr. Vanderhoff said.

OhioHealth is currently building a graduate education program in addiction medicine and psychiatry.

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