By Bob Katzen

The Senate approved and sent to the House a bill that would have the Bay State join 27 other states and allow certain qualified health care professionals to perform the standardized 5 needle-point ear acupuncture detoxification protocol (5NP) – an extremely cost-effective treatment that has been shown to help those suffering from addiction and trauma. Research shows the treatment helps with addiction withdrawals, reduces drug cravings, decreases stress, anxiety, depression and other symptoms.

Supporters said this is an affordable treatment with treatment costs estimated to be 23 cents per person and training costs as low as $125 per person. They noted that Massachusetts is currently the only New England state that does not have such a law.

“The opioid epidemic has affected all of our communities,” said sponsor Rep. Carole Fiola (D-Fall River). “This bill makes the 5NP protocol more accessible by expanding certification to qualified healthcare professionals. By doing this, we expand access to addiction treatment and add another tool to fight against opioid addiction at minimal cost.”

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