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Tom Reach, MD joins, on this episode of Stigmatized.

 

The Article

This episode follows the article we published, earlier this week, called When Raids Remove Vocal Proponents of Patients’ Rights. You can read that here.

 

Dr. Reach

Dr. Tom Reach is a physician in long term recovery from substance use disorders. He practiced emergency medicine for over 20 years around the coal fields of Central Appalachia, ground zero for the opioid epidemic, eventually falling prey to the disease himself.

In recovery now for over 19 years, Dr. Reach is an active member of the recovery community and an outspoken advocate for patients’ rights, evidence-based Medication Assisted Therapy, expansion of treatment, enforcement of parity laws, and criminal justice reform for people with addictive disorders.

He served for four years on the Legislative Committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and is a Past President of the Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine.

In 2010, Dr. Reach and his wife opened a small addiction practice. By 2015, the organization had grown to 12 facilities in four states with 40 providers and over 100 employees providing care for 2,500 patients.

Many authorities in the field considered Dr. Reach’s best practice guidelines a solid model for a National Standard of Care for outpatient medication assisted therapy.

In eight years of operation, the organization gave away over a million dollars’ worth of free medical care to those in most desperate need.

 

Dr. Joshi

Our host’s bio, social links, and even inquiries box, can be found in his bio here.

 

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When Raids Remove Vocal Proponents of Patients’ Rights [EPISODE]

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