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Making Amends for the Opioid Epidemic

March 13, 2019

Facing Addiction in America found major gaps in access to effective treatment. The gaps go beyond financial and geographic barriers to include major quality concerns. In 2016, among those with opioid addiction who were able to receive specialty addiction care, only about 1 in 3 expected to receive treatment with medications. Yet it is the use of medications, particularly methadone and buprenorphine, that has the greatest potential to save lives. These treatments are associated with substantial reductions in the risk of death for individual patients and many fewer overdose fatalities at the population level. By Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, and Yngvild Olsen, MD Link to full article here, originally posted on: jama medical news logo]]>

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