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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    ktmichael

    October 19, 2019 at 7:16 PM

    There are only 3 psychiatric doctors in my city of almost 1 million citizens who are legally able to prescribe suboxone… But what is even worse is all three of these Doctors will not take insurance. Meaning to see them and get a prescription for suboxone you must have between $200 and $350.00 out of pocket just to visit the Dr and hope that he will help you with treatment. To get a months supply of suboxone costs $500.00.. if you are lucky and have good insurance you can purchase it for 7.00. Something is very wrong here..

    We went for help desperate to save our son, We luckily had the 350.00 in cash to spend 25 minutes discussing our son’s case. We received a prescription for the suboxone.. Our son did not explain the extent of his addiction, nor did we have other tests done, like blood work, or hormones, or thyroid, or even a psychological evaluation to determine other issues like depression and anxiety.

    As I see it psychiatrists are making a fortune off of prescribing suboxone, without any responsibility in looking at the whole picture. Sadly if you don’t have the money you are going to continue relying on street drugs and illicit ways to stop the withdrawing symptoms.

    It’s a racket. In my own city, the kids who have parents with enough money to pay for the time for the psychiatrist, will get the suboxone, otherwise, you will be desperate, and take desperate measures either to avoid withdrawal or to try and help yourself get off the deadly street drugs.

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