Medicaid program expands access for addiction treatment, but the death toll continues to rise

By KATIE O’CONNOR Richmond Times-Dispatch May 6, 2018
It’s been over a year, and there are still days when Fawn Ricciuti wakes up with an aching need.

The exact feeling is hard to describe, she said. Is it a thought or a feeling? Is it just simply a craving?

When she first started getting regular treatment 13 months ago and taking Suboxone, a drug often used to treat opioid addiction, she had the urge in the middle of the day. Then, it was almost like she was just missing her routine. Calling around for some Percocet, a prescription opioid, trying to figure out how she was going to find it and pay for it and get it, was a habit in and of itself.

Now, it’s just the mornings that are a struggle. She’s made changes in other parts of her life: She’s cut out people she knows aren’t good for her and her two kids, she takes her Suboxone religiously and couples that with therapy sessions at the Daily Planet, a federally qualified health center in Richmond, which provides a wide array of health care to patients regardless of their financial status.

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