Help for People with Substance Abuse

The National Bleeding Disorders Foundation (NBDF) has published Document 279, “Recommendations on Reducing Barriers to Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Facilities and Programs for Persons with Bleeding Disorders (PWBD),”in response to reports of denied access to residential substance treatment facilities to people with bleeding disorders. The document provides an overview of medical needs related to treatment and management of hemophilia, including the critical role of HTCs. The document gives clear parameters for what does and doesn’t constitute medical stability from a bleeding disorder perspective, encompassing key factors such as treatment protocols and adherence, patient autonomy, and bleeding event scenarios. Document 279 is a helpful tool for advocating for fair consideration when it comes SUD access on behalf of PWBDs. Download here.

Source: LA Kelley Communications, Inc., Communiqué, October 2023

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