When Facing An Epidemic, Advocacy Is Key (Part 2 of 2)

When Facing An Epidemic, Advocacy Is Key

Part 2 of 2

by Zac Talbott, BA, CMA, Director
NAMA Recovery of Tennessee
The Tennessee statewide and Northwestern Georgia Chapter of

"Just that you people who are involved in advocacy, keep up the work. I have seen  changes come about because of people becoming involved. It is these who are the real heroes  in all this. Without advocacy, changes will not come about within the present system." 
-Dr. Vincent Dole

As the southeastern region and our nation at large continue to wrestle with the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic, it is critical that all of us, patients, providers, family, and friends alike, unite as advocates for evidence-based, proven effective medical treatments for opioid addiction. The science and research is clear. Methadone maintenance treatment stands alone as the most evidence based and scientifically proven treatment in all of medicine, yet this life-saving and life-restoring treatment remains one of the most misunderstood, stigmatized, and controversial medical treatments. Knowing the facts and being able to relay the proven truths about medication assisted treatment is an extremely important way we can advocate, but facts and data alone are not enough. The 180-degree turn that opponents and skeptics of methadone and buprenorphine treatment need won’t be due to data alone. We all must be advocates and proclaimers of the truth through our very lives.


PRESS RELEASE: Nominations Open for the Richard Lane/Robert Holden Patient Advocacy Award

National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery
Press Release

Contacts Person
Joycelyn Woods, Executive Director, edirector@methadone.org
Phone/Fax: 1.212.595.NAMA  (1-212-595-6262)

For Release
August 8, 2014

Nominations Open for the
Richard Lane/Robert Holden Patient Advocacy Award

Richard Lane was a long-term heroin user who, upon release from prison in 1967, was  instrumental in establishing one of the Nation’s first methadone treatment programs. In  1974, he became the Executive Director of Man Alive and later served as Vice President  of the American Methadone Treatment Association (now AATOD) and as Vice  Chairman of the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Maryland.  Mr. Lane  was a passionate advocate for methadone treatment and, by disclosing his own treatment  experiences, provided inspiration to patients and colleagues alike.