University of Nevada, Reno

“Of the 2.5 million Americans 12 years of age or older with [opioid use disorders] OUDs, fewer than 128,000 [less than 0.05%] of those attending specialty treatment programs had treatment plans that included pharmacotherapy” (Molfenter et al., 2017, p.2).

For many people with opioid use disorder (OUD), the most effective treatment is the combination of counseling and medication assisted treatment (MAT) with medications such as buprenorphine methadone, or naltrexone. MAT, an evidence-based best practice, allows individuals with OUD to be healthy, productive members of society (Sofuoglu, DeVito, & Carroll, 2018).

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