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Dr. Jonathan Watanabe: Treatments for opioid use disorder

Dr. Jonathan Watanabe, from the University of California, Irvine, will be available for interviews on Thursday, February 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. ET.

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Interview opportunity available:

Thursday, February 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. ET

Fatal drug overdoses, on the rise in the United States for the last two decades, have surged even higher during the COVID-19 pandemic. The availability of medication-based opioid treatment programs has not increased apace with the growing medical need.

Available expert:

Dr. Jonathan Watanabe is a professor of clinical pharmacy and a health-policy expert at the University of California, Irvine. He can discuss topics including:

  • Regulatory, geographic, financial, and other barriers to accessing medications for opioid use disorder;
  • Need for enhanced treatment capacity for opioid use disorder;
  • Problems with the available data about opioid use disorder and treatments in the United States;
  • The economic and social cost of opioid-related deaths; and
  • The role of pharmacists in enhancing treatment, coordination, screening for and educating people about opioid use disorder.

Declared interests:

Dr. Watanabe serves as a member of the Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is a distinguished fellow of the Get the Medications Right Institute. He serves on the task force of the California Health Benefit Review Program. He previously served on the Committee on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder  and, separately, The Methadone Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Examining Federal Regulations and Laws Committee, both of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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