The best therapy for opioid use disorder
Opioid use disorder is a complex brain disease, but it is often still viewed as a moral failing.
This stigma can keep people from accessing care for their disease, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which combines Food and Drug Administration-approved medications with behavioral therapies.
Watch how MAT can help people manage their disease, a critical step in reducing the risk of overdose and improving health.
Learn more about The Pew Charitable Trusts’ work on substance use prevention and treatment here: www.pewtrusts.org/substancemisuse.
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With a new administration in place and Congress in session, our nation’s leaders must address many public health challenges, including the devastating effect of prescription and illicit opioid misuse on families and communities. Federal and state governments play a critical role in designing, funding, and implementing solutions to this crisis. Read More
On Feb. 6, Josh Rising, director of health care programs at The Pew Charitable Trusts, spoke before a U.S. House of Representatives’ Bipartisan Heroin Task Force briefing, where he advocated for increasing access to effective treatment as a way to curb the prescription and illicit opioid crisis. Read More
Every 16 minutes, a person in the United States dies from an opioid overdose.1 Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a chronic brain disease caused by the recurrent use of opioids, including prescription drugs such as oxycodone or hydrocodone and illicit substances such as heroin. Over time, a person with OUD becomes dependent on these drugs in higher and higher doses. This can lead to an overdose or... Read More