Study Finds Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction is Underused

Medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction is underused, according to a new study.

There are three types of medication-assisted treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration: naltrexone, buprenorphine and methadone.

The study found these drugs may be underused partly because access to buprenorphine and methadone is limited by some legal requirements regarding who can write prescriptions for them, UPI reports. In addition, opioid use disorder can develop slowly, making it difficult to identify for primary care doctors.

“We have an opioid epidemic in this country that has been caused by many factors, including overzealous use of medication, the widespread availability of legal and illegal opioids, and societal expectations that all pain can be eliminated,” Tyler Oesterle, a researcher at Mayo Clinic and study author, said in a news release. “We clearly cannot medicate our way out of the problem, but we have the opportunity to mediate the problem through more judicious use of prescription opioids.”

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Medication-assisted treatment can help your child overcome his or her opioid addiction. Learn more about what it is, how it works and if it could work for your family.

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