Updated: Mar 26
Almost 90 Percent of People with Opioid Use Disorder Not Receiving Lifesaving Medication
Researchers Sound Alarm on Treatment Gap & Suggest Ways to Remove Treatment Barriers as Opioid Overdoses Soar to Historic Levels
The opioid overdose and death epidemic continues to worsen across the United States, but medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and extended-release naltrexone are proven to reduce opioid overdoses by more than 50 percent. New findings led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine indicate the vast majority, or 86.6 percent, of people living with opioid use disorder (OUD) are not receiving these evidence-based, lifesaving medications.