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National Addiction Treatment Locator Has Outdated Data and Other Critical Flaws  

By Editor - Mon May 09, 5:42 am

At a psychiatric hospital in Michigan, Dr. Cara Poland’s patients were handed a sheet of paper to find follow-up care. The hospital had entered local ZIP codes on a website — run by the nation’s top substance use and mental health agency — and printed the resulting list of providers for patients to call. But her patients who tried to use it often hit a wall, Poland said. They’d call a number only to find it disconnected, or they’d learn that a facility wasn’t accepting new patients, or that the clinician had retired or moved. “It’s scary, because if you go to use the site, it’s got invalid information,” said Poland , an addiction-medicine doctor who is now an assistant professor in women’s health at Michigan State University. “People give up if they can’t find treatment. And we risk losing a life.” The website, FindTreatment.gov , was launched by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2019 to help hundreds of thousands of Americans affected by addiction answer a crucial question: Where can I get treatment

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National Addiction Treatment Locator Has Outdated Data and Other Critical Flaws

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