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 Post subject: Support the proposed OTP in Johnson City, TN!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:52 pm 
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Please write a short letter of support to the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (HSDA) in support of Crossroads Treatment Centers' application for a Certificate of Need to operate an outpatient medication-assisted opioid treatment program in Johnson City, Tennessee!

Tennessee residents, especially from upper eastern Tennessee, are especially needed, but letters of support can (and should) be sent from people all over!

Send letters here:
Tennessee Health Services & Development Agency (HSDA)
ATTN: Melanie M. Hill
502 Deaderick Street
Andrew Jackson Bldg., 9th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243


Form letters are often brushed aside, so please take just a couple minutes to write a letter in your own wording... no one is checking grammar or spelling! :-) If you or a loved one has a personal positive experience with methadone treatment, please tell it.

Here are some points to consider making in your letter:

- According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the Nation's leading group of addiction clinicians and researchers:
- Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is effective and safe and is an integral part of addiction treatment
- Methadone treatment of addiction is a crucial resource to decrease the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C infection.
- Decisions about the appropriate type, modality and duration of treatment should remain the purview of the treatment provider and the patient, working in collaboration to achieve shared treatment goals.
- Arbitrary limitations on the duration of treatment, medication dosage or on levels of care, that are not supported by medical evidence, are not appropriate can be specifically detrimental to the wellbeing of the patient and his/her community. Thus, such arbitrary treatment limitations should not be imposed by law, regulation, or health insurance practices.

- Traveling hundreds of miles for treatment places significant hardships on patients and their families. Many patients trapped in addiction cannot or will not make the trip, resulting in devastating consequences for the addicts, their families, and their communities.

- MMT is the most common treatment for opioid addiction chosen by patients and their doctors. Buprenorphine, in-patient treatment, and abstinence-based treatment all have their place in the treatment arsenal. However, researchers found that people who receive adequate amounts of methadone as part of their opioid addiction treatment successfully complete that treatment far more often (74 percent of the time) than people who receive adequate amounts of buprenorphine/naloxone (46 percent of the time).

- MMT does not deserve its bad reputation.

- Many Tennessee physicians support MMT but are concerned with the political ramifications of publically doing so.

- The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has declared Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) is the "most effective treatment for opioid addiction."

- The National Institutes of Health (NIH), in their consensus panel statement titled Effective Medical Treatment of Opiate Addiction in 1997 deemed Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) the timeless "gold standard treatment" for opiate addiction.

- Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) is currently the accepted standard of care for Pregnant opioid addicted women. Pregnant Women in the Johnson City, TN area currently have to drive HOURS round trip, and often over dangerous mountain roads in early morning hours, to receive what is the recommended standard of care for their condition.

No matter WHERE you live, PLEASE send a letter of support via mail! If you know anyone who will write a letter of support, PLEASE ask them to do so!! ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE IN TENNESSEE OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN TENNESSEE, PLEASE WRITE A LETTER OR ASK THOSE YOU KNOW TO WRITE A LETTER!

"Together we can make a difference!"

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 Post subject: Re: Support the proposed OTP in Johnson City, TN!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:00 am 
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An excellent idea, and I hope that as many people as possible will take the 10mins or so that it'll take to do this. It's so worth while, as Johnson City has been crying out for a clinic for years and years now.

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 Post subject: Re: Support the proposed OTP in Johnson City, TN!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:58 pm 
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NOTE: Letters of Support can also be EMAILED to Melanie.Hill@tn.gov

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 Post subject: Re: Support the proposed OTP in Johnson City, TN!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:04 am 
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That's good. I hope that people will take the couple of mins it takes to email her about this, as it's a really important issue. It's been going on for years now, so think of all those people that could have already been in treatment if it were not for the nimby attitude of some of the residents of Johnson City.

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 Post subject: Re: Support the proposed OTP in Johnson City, TN!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:00 pm 
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The clinic was APPROVED for zoning! (See http://www.wcyb.com/news/methadone-clinic-gets-zoning-approval-in-johnson-city/37565778) That's a huge hurdle that's never been passed before! Now on to the state for the Certificate of Need hearing - which is where these letters come in... Please, folks, no matter where you are - write a letter of support for this clinic. There are NO clinics in that entire area. The closest clinic in the state is an hour and a half drive EACH WAY. Let's show the State of TN the eyes of the nation are watching!

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 Post subject: Re: Support the proposed OTP in Johnson City, TN!
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:34 am 
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Oh wow, that is amazing!! I hope the certificate of need is passed, as there quite clearly is a need for a clinic in that locale.

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 Post subject: Re: Support the proposed OTP in Johnson City, TN!
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:22 pm 
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KEEP THOSE LETTERS COMING, FOLKS! Evidently Johnson City is trying to flood the state with letters of opposition... we need to show a strong showing of support as well! It doesn't matter WHERE you live... write a letter! Let the state know the eyes of the world are watching!

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 Post subject: Re: Support the proposed OTP in Johnson City, TN!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:55 am 
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It would be a massive breakthrough if the clinic in Johnson City does get the go ahead to open, as it will set precedent for all the other clinics trying to open up in areas such as this. It's a hugely important benchmark, and we should all do what we can to assist in getting it open! There are substance users in that area desperate for a clinic, and it could even be as bad as that people are dying because they cannot access treatment.

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