Where addiction holds a grip yet treatment is lagging
October 13, 2016
For many Oklahomans, the tug of war between drug addiction and the wait time for treatment can be a one-sided competition: The power of addiction often wins.
Those who lack insurance or cannot pay out of pocket often find themselves on a long waiting list that prioritizes the most severe drug addiction cases. If the person isn’t pregnant or injecting drugs, he or she will not receive state-funded treatment or will be forced to wait, sometimes weeks, until a spot opens up.
The problem is exacerbated in rural areas, where there are fewer drug and alcohol treatment facilities and higher perc...