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Medication Assisted Treatment is Recovery

This is just one of the many voicemails we receive every week from a concerned family or friend of an individual who continues to struggle with a severe opioid use disorder.

“I have a daughter who is addicted to heroin. She overdosed yesterday, died and EMS had to bring her back. She is begging for help to get detoxed and into rehab. I don’t know if your facility accepts this but she doesn’t have any form of insurance. She is technically homeless. If there’s anyway you can help us. Please give us a call back.”

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Call for Proposals: NCATOD Conference for Best Practices in Opioid Treatment


Celebrate the Voices of Recovery with NCATOD as we once again join together to create customized tracks to meet the specialized needs of our nurses, administrators, clinical staff and leaders in the field of opioid treatment.

NCATOD is currently accempting proposals for conference topics. If you are interested in presenting or know of an engaging, knowledgable leader in the field who you would like to see present, we want to hear from you.

Please click on the link below to download the Speaker Proposal form.  Please complete and return via email to no later than April 26th.

Download Conference Presenter Propoasl HERE

If you have any questions, please contact our Conference Chairperson Melane at

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AG Stein Launches Social Media Conversation to Discuss Opioid Crisis

For Immediate Release:
Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Laura Brewer
(919) 716-6484


AG Stein Launches Social Media Conversation to Discuss Opioid Crisis

#opioidsurvivor allows people to share stories, learn about resources, raise awareness

RALEIGH, N.C. – Attorney General Josh Stein today announced that his office will host a social media conversation each Tuesday to discuss the opioid epidemic. Facebook and Twitter users can use #opioidsurvivor to share stories about their personal connection to the opioid epidemic, to discuss resources for treatment and success in recovery and to raise awareness of the dangers associated with opioid misuse and addiction. The first conversation will take place tomorrow, Feb. 28, which is North Carolina Addiction Recovery Day.

“Opioid addiction is tearing families apart all across our state,” said AG Josh Stein. “Four people die in North Carolina each day from an overdose, while four times that amount are hospitalized and another eight times that amount are taken to emergency rooms. Research has shown that many people view prescription drugs as safer and less addictive, which is an extremely dangerous misconception. My hope is that facilitating this conversation will help raise awareness for the danger of using these drugs and provide hope and support for people trying to recover from addiction.”

To participate in this conversation, users should post their stories and thoughts about this issue on Twitter or Facebook and include #opioidsurvivor in their message.

Background on AG Stein and this issue:

  • Confronting the opioid epidemic is one of AG Stein’s top priorities. He is working with the North Carolina General Assembly on legislation to address the issue.
  • AG Stein recently delivered a speech on the topic available here.
  • AG Stein also is traveling to communities across the state that have been impacted by this issue. Coverage of a recent event in Fayetteville is available here and here.
  • Please visit for more information on this issue and AG Stein’s approach.


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Nominate a Colleague Today for the Beverly Hill Achievement Award

We are surrounded by caring individuals who strive to provide the best possible services to our consumers. We often find ourselves honored to work alongside a dedicated professional who continuously goes above and beyond the call of duty in their service to the field. Some of these individuals have made significant contributions to the treatment of opioid dependence.

Take a few minutes to complete this form and recognize a colleague for their work and commitment by nominating them for the Beverly Hill Achievement Award.

Please click on the link below to download a nomination form. Please complete and email to Amy Morris at by 5pm on Friday, September 9th.


2016 NCATOD Award Nomination Form

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2015 Best Practice in Opioid Treatment Conference: Registration Now Open!

2015 Flyer for Web

September 10-11th, 2015 | Embassy Suites, Greensboro
204 Centreport Drive | Greensboro, NC

The North Carolina Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (NCATOD) once again to presents the 2015 Conference for Best Practices in Opioid Treatment: Voices for Recovery. Four tracks have been customized to meet specialized needs in the areas of Nursing, Administrative, Clinical and Leadership.

Early-Bird Registration ENDS August 7th!


Rooms are available at the Embassy Suites at the rate of $120.00 per night.  Please make reservations by calling (336) 668-4535.  Please let them know it is for the NCATOD.


Who Should Attend?

This conference is for nurses, counselors and support staff working in the field of Medically Assisted Treatment.

Continuing Education Credits (NCSAPPB)

NCATOD has applied to NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) for up to 5 hours of credit. Individual credit will be awarded for each session attended, and NCSAPPB credit is included with conference registration.

About the Annual NCATOD Conference

This year, we are excited to bring Substance Abuse Professionals together for the following objectives:

  1. We will identify advocacy roles, issues, and opportunities for opioid treatment providers across the spectrum of opioid treatment.
  2. We will explore the “Team Concept of Care” in an OTP to address issues of significance with a multidisciplinary approach to care.
  3. We will provide a unique opportunity to network with opioid treatment colleagues in Addiction Nursing and Counseling from across the state.

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AATOD Letter to SAMHSA Regarding SMA-167

June 5, 2015

Summer King
Reports Clearance Officer
I Choke Cherry Road
Room 2 – 1057
Rockville, MD 20857

Re: Federal Register Notice Vol.
80, No.65 Notification Form
(SMA – 167)
Dear Ms. King,

I am writing in response to the Department’s notification with SAMHSA conceming data collection activities for DATA 2000 reporting. I am specifically referencing the notification form (SMA-167) that SAMHSA uses with regard to provider notification as part of the Drug Abuse Treatment Act of 2000 and its subsequent amendments.

The Department’s primary question is whether the proposed collection of information, obtained through the above referenced notification form, is necessary for the proper performance and functions of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The obvious answer from our Association’s point of view is yes. Our Association represents approximately 1,000 Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) throughout the U.S., which are all certified through SAMHSA.

We think it is important when any DATA 2000 practitioner wishes to increase the number of patients being treated as part of their practice from 30 to 100 patients to provide sufficient information to SAMHSA to guide SAMHSA’s decision making.

We believe that it is fair to state that SAMHSA does not currently collect adequate information about the care being provided within DATA 2000 practices. Illustratively, no one has any idea of how many patients are treated through DATA 2000 practices at any given point in time. No one has any centralized data on what kinds of services are offered to patients, including counseling and other clinical support services, beyond the prescribing of Schedule III opioids to treat opioid addiction. No one has any idea if DATA 2000 practices are conducting toxicology testing to guide therapeutic decision making. No one has any centralized data collection with regard to DATA 2000 practices checking PDMP databases either prior to admitting the patient and throughout the patient’s care.

These are not academic questions. Accurate lesponses will provide SAMHSA with an understanding if the existing DATA 2000 practices are following SAMHSA’s Best Practices recommendations in treating opioid addiction (TIP 40), in addition to the recently released National Practice Guidelines from the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

In our judgment, SAMHSA should collect such information on a routine basis from DATA 2000 practices. This kind of information could easily be captured as such practices are transitioning from a 30 patient capacity to a 100 patient capacity.
In order to avoid significant burden to DATA 2000 practitioners who are filing such forms, the form could simply add a few basic elements that answer the following important patient care questions:

  • How many patients are currently in treatment and how many patients do
    you intend to care for?
  • What kinds of clinical support services do you provide to your patients
    directly? Through case management referral?
  • Do you check PDMP databases before the patient is treated and
    throughout the patient’s care?
  • On average, how long does the patient remain in continuous treatment in
    your practice?
  • What is your patient drop out rate?
  • Do you conduct toxicology tests during the course of the patient’s care?
    If so, what is the frequency of toxicology collection and what drugs are
    being tested?
  • What percentage of patients have discontinued the use of illicit drugs?

These are some basic questions that should be added to the form, in addition to the currently collected information including the state medical license number, DEA registration number, address of primary location, telephone, fax, and email addresses to gain an understanding of the type of care being provided in DATA 2000 practices.

From our Association’s point of view, adding such elements to the form will provide SAMHSA with some of the basic information that it should have as part of its decision making to certify such DATA 2000 practices and provide increased opportunities to treat patients in their practices. Further, it will allow SAMHSA to understand whether these practices follow best practice guidelines, as contained in SAMHSA’s Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction (TIP 40), as referenced above, and the recently released and comprehensive National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use (American
Society of Addiction Medicine).

Thank you for taking these comments into account.

Sincerely yours,
Mark W. Parrino

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Confronting an Epidemic Report

As the nation continues to struggle with a prescription pain killer and heroin addiction crisis, on Wednesday, Legal Action Center published to great fanfare a report called Confronting an Epidemic.  It contains our recommendations on how to improve access to an incredibly under-utilized and effective tool—medication assisted treatment.  I have attached that, and an op-ed piece, which accompanied the report’s release, to this email.  The op-ed is co-authored by our President/Director Paul Samuels and former Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy General Barry McCaffery.

Download Report: Confronting An Epidemic

— Kenny House

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The Rap Sheet Trap: One Man vs. A Multitude of Errors

Legal Action Center paralegal, Frank Murphy, has been profiled in a new City Limits piece for the work he does on Riker’s Island helping men and women correct errors on their criminal records or “rap sheets.”  Correcting these errors greatly enhances individuals’ ability to find work, housing and other supports when they leave custody and try to rebuild their lives in the community. Frank is the only person doing this work at Rikers.

Following this publication, Frank also appeared in a NY 1 discussion of rap sheet errors.

Download “Bill Would Fund Drug-Addiction Fight”


— Kenny House

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Opioid Treatment Program Survey

The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc. (AATOD) is conducting an evaluation of hepatitis and Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs). Each OTP in the country is encouraged to complete this brief survey in order to acquire up-to-date information about hepatitis and OTPs.

The survey is web-based, user-friendly and can be completed within 15-20 minutes or less. If you have an OTP with multiple locations, please note that the survey should be completed for each location. Your responses are analyzed by a third party and will be kept confidential.

To begin the survey, please CLICK HERE or cut and paste this link into your web browser:

We appreciate your willingness to participate and value your feedback. Thank you if you already completed the survey. However, please forward this survey invitation to any other OTP within the United States.

If you have any questions, please email

Thank you!

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