The path to long-term opioid recovery is mired in regulatory, legislative and ideological barriers that prevent people from accessing evidence-based treatments proven to lead to long-term recovery. With only 3 out of 100 people living with opioid addiction receiving the standard of care—medication assisted treatment—the rate of opioid overdose deaths is not surprising, regardless of how tragic it may be. Society would be outraged if this statistic applied to diabetes, cancer, or heart disease, but with addiction, many still suffer in silence, struggling to get the broken system to work for them at the height of personal crisis. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy are outraged and have joined up with Advocates for Opioid Recovery to break down barriers to treatment. During this plenary session, they will discuss the epidemic from as former policy leaders and advocates while sharing their strategies for helping more people achieve long-term recovery.

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