Despite decades of research proving its effectiveness, one of the key medications used to manage opioid dependence is often unavailable. As we write in a recent Health Affairs blog post, there are steps policymakers could take to allow patients to receive methadone, one of only three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat opioid use disorder. These are a mix of legislative and regulatory actions, which include:
Read the blog post here.
Josh Rising directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ health care programs. Elizabeth Connolly is project director for Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative, Alexandra Duncan is a senior officer for the initiative, and Alaina McBournie is an officer on the team.