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By: Joe Lawlor, Staff Writer
About 10 percent of the 35,000 adults who have gained health care coverage since Maine expanded Medicaid in January are receiving treatment for opioid use disorder.
Health care experts have predicted that Medicaid expansion will result in 70,000 additional Mainers enrolling in the program by the end of 2019. If current trends hold, that would amount to roughly 7,000 additional Medicaid patients getting treatment for opioid use.
Opioid treatment typically consists of medication that curbs cravings – most commonly Suboxone or methadone – combined with therapy.