Michelle C. Acosta
Approximately 2.3 million Americans currently abuse heroin or prescription opioids, with the cost of opioid use disorders (OUDs) annually exceeding $30 billion. Unfortunately, most individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs), including OUDs do not receive treatment, and the minority that receive treatment do not typically receive effective psychosocial treatment interventions due to cost and other operational barriers. The proposed Mobile Therapeutic System, a novel, interactive, psychosocial intervention for SUDs delivered via mobile phones, may allow for the provision of effective and cost-effective treatment that may be widely disseminated, thereby significantly improving access and effectiveness of SUD treatment in a variety of populations, including individuals with OUDs, while limiting costs.
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