Fewer than 10% of primary care physicians have received approval from the federal government to prescribe the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Medication used to treat opioid addiction can be helpful for teens who misuse opioids, a new study suggests. Until now, the evidence for the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment in teens has been unclear, HealthDay reports.
A new study using “secret shoppers” found patients who are uninsured or covered by Medicaid often have a difficult time getting an appointment with a doctor who prescribes the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine.
A study of outpatient treatment for opioid addiction finds white patients are almost 35 times more likely than black patients to have a visit related to the addiction treatment medication buprenorphine, Kaiser Health News reports.
A federal appeals court has ruled a Maine jail must provide an incarcerated woman with medications for her opioid use disorder, NPR report. The decision could have wide repercussions, according to legal advocates.
Making the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine more widely available outweighs the risk the drug will be diverted, addiction experts tell NPR. President Trump is expected to sign a bill that would increase access to the medication.