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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