Drug and alcohol treatment is a significant portion of all healthcare spending.
True
False
Most addicts require inpatient treatment.
True
False
Treatment isn’t usually successful for those with a serious addiction.
True
False
Only 10% of those who need treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol are able to get it.
True
False
Treating addiction is not like treating an upset stomach. When people try to kick addiction and fail, it is a matter of will, not a matter of medicine.
True
False
Screening and brief intervention for emergency room patients is too costly and would bankrupt most county hospitals.
True
False
Most people who use drugs are out of work or unemployable.
True
False
Your son is admitted to the hospital for the third time this year as a result of an injury caused by over consumption of alcohol. As a matter of procedure the hospital will screen him for a substance abuse problem?
True
False
Funding for substance abuse treatment in Texas has increased over time.
True
False
Stigma plays a significant role in our state’s ability to effectively deal with the public health crisis of drug and alcohol addiction.
True
False
People don’t need treatment. They can just go to AA or NA.
True
False
The addict has to want help or treatment won’t work.
True
False
A portion of the Texas state alcohol taxes go toward treatment programs.
True
False
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Addresses Addiction Policies
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions is poised to announce a major law enforcement action cracking down on fraudulent claims in the treatment industry-possibly today. Fraud investigations are not new but have typically focused on Medicaid and Medicare. Many of the planned arrests target people who’ve made fraudulent claims against major private health insurers, including Anthem Inc., Cigna Corp. and companies that sell insurance under the Blue Cross Blue Shield brand. People who run drug addiction treatment centers that have filed bogus claims and those who have filed reimbursement claims for drugs they then sell illegally are among those to be charged, according to Bloomberg. Arrests will be carried out in cities including Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and scores of arrests are expected in southern Florida. Source:  Bloomberg
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Texas this week speaking at the 30th D.A.R.E. International Conference in Grapevine about the opioid epidemic. He called for harsher sentences for drug cases, holding drug companies accountable and cracking down at the border to keep drugs from crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. Sessions hearkened back to the D.A.R.E. program’s founding in the 1980s by Los Angeles Sheriff Darryl Gates and its nationalization as a signature program of first lady Nancy Reagan stating, “The DARE team is ready to meet this new challenge, just like you did in the 80s and 90s”. He lashed out at what he called lax attitudes towards drug use and put much of the blame on the Obama Administration’s the effort to curb “mass incarceration” by directing federal prosecutors not to charge the most serious offenses that would carry certain minimum sentences, mandatory sentences. Source:  Dallas News