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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Methadone prescriptions to manage pain decreased 26 percent nationwide from 2013 to 2016 following efforts by states to reduce use of the drug, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew found that these prescriptions declined across payer types, but most sharply in Medicaid fee-for-service programs. Read More
Methadone is a long-acting opioid that is predominantly used to mitigate withdrawal symptoms in individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). However, beginning in the mid-1990s, use of the drug for the treatment of noncancer pain increased. While methadone can provide effective pain relief, its pharmacologic properties present safety challenges when it is used for chronic pain. Read More
Methadone for the treatment of pain accounts for just 1 percent of all short- and long-acting opioid prescriptions in the United States. Yet approximately 23 percent of all opioid-related overdose deaths in the U.S. related to prescription drugs in 2014 (the most recent year for which this calculation has been published) were associated with this long-acting drug. Read More