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Regional addiction doctors ask for relief from restrictions

July 1st, 2014 7:57 am by Nathan Baker, NET News Service

Regional addiction doctors ask for relief from restrictions

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe speaks Monday with addiction specialists at Watauga Recovery Center in Johnson City. (Nathan Baker/Johnson City Press)

Doctors working at the region's largest addiction treatment center met with state and federal lawmakers Monday in Johnson City to plead for reforms to restrictive laws they say hinder their efforts and put lives at risk.

Addiction specialist Tom Reach spoke with state Rep. Tony Shipley of Kingsport and U.S. Rep. Phil Roe at the Watauga Recovery Center about the group's efforts to overcome the stigma attached to prescription treatment for opioid dependency and the need for changes to statutes that leave the physicians handcuffed when attempting to treat patients.

The clinic serves 400 patients at the Browns Mill Road location, treating their dependencies with buprenorphine, branded as Subutex and Suboxone.

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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