Some Addiction Specialists Are Trying Naltrexone to Treat Meth Use Disorder

Some addiction specialists are using the opioid addiction medication naltrexone to treat addiction to methamphetamine, NPR reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last month that meth caused more overdose deaths than any other drug in western states in 2017.

Currently there are no medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat meth addiction.

“I think there’s a great opportunity to try naltrexone,” Dr. Keith Heinzerling, an addiction medicine specialist at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, California, told NPR. “There’s actually a decent amount of evidence that it might help, and if I had a family member [addicted to meth], I would recommend they try it.”

A study of published in 2015 found naltrexone is better than a placebo in reducing cravings for meth.

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