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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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
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the number of deaths from opioid overdoses continues to rise, reaching more than 33,000 in 2015, the highest number ever recorded. Opioids, which include prescription drugs and illicitly manufactured heroin and fentanyl, accounted for more than 63 percent of all drug-related overdoses that year. Read More
As the opioid crisis continues to ravage communities across the United States, policymakers and public health officials are increasingly using new tools such as prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs)—state-based electronic databases that track the dispensing of certain controlled substances—to stem the misuse of prescription opioids and reduce overdose deaths. Read More