YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The number of people seeking treatment for opiate addiction at Meridian Community Care since the beginning of the year has grown threefold compared to the same period in 2013, reports Larry Moliterno, president and CEO.

Of those who want and need treatment, only 10% have access to programs, Moliterno emphasized during a press event that hosted U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

That's because federal law limits the number of addicts a physician can treat and the medications prescribed. In his first year of practice, a physician can treat no more than 30 addicts, 100 each year thereafter.

"We have to figure out a way to get as many people in treatment that want access to treatment," Moliterno said. "We want to make sure that people are not only going to be engaged in treatment, but do it with reputable organizations to make sure there's going to be effective outcomes.

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