Addiction Experts Cautiously Optimistic About New Treatment Options

Medically Assisted Treatment May Help Successful New Wave of Addiction Treatment

With Federal funding for fighting the opioid crisis increasing, addiction experts are cautiously optimistic that medically assisted treatment will become the new standard of care.

As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, after years of surging overdoses, some of the officials and medical practitioners most deeply involved in the fight against opioids have hope that they finally have the tools, the funding and the public support needed to get the epidemic under control.

“I have some cautious optimism,” Debbie Dowell, a senior medical adviser at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at the annual conference of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, which ended Sunday in San Diego.

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The federal government last month dedicated a record $4.6 billion to fighting the opioid epidemic. The key tool most often cited is the drug buprenorphine, most often known by the brand name Suboxone, which is becoming available in new forms, including some that quench the craving for opioids for months.

Buprenorphine, an opioid, is often combined with naltrexone, which prevents other opioids from binding to the brain’s receptors.

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To learn more about the latest standards for medically assisted addiction treatment, please visit the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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