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No Beds Left: Federal Laws Stand In The Way Of Drug Treatment

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

by WOSU Radio Wooster

Jacqueline Abney lives in the Beacon House, a residential treatment center that looks just like any other home you would see in the historic downtown area of Wooster. The only difference: Jacqueline is living with several other women struggling with substance abuse disorder.

When it comes to connecting people with a substance abuse disorder to care, many barriers remain. Ohio’s opioid epidemic has shined a spotlight on several policies that may have served a purpose in the past but, to many advocates, only stand in the way of treatment now.

“The federal government actually restricts residential treatment centers from being able to have no more than 16 beds, and sometimes communities need more than 16 beds,” Douglas says.