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Mayo study finds medications underused in treating opioid addiction

September 20, 2019 03:15 PM

(ABC 6 News) - An expert in addiction says medication-assisted treatment to help people addicted to opioids is underused. 

Tyler Oesterle, M.D., is the medical director of Mayo Clinic Health System's Fountain Centers drug and alcohol treatment programs. His research indicates that even though the FDA approved drugs have proven effective in treating addictions, not all doctors are able to prescribe it because of some legal requirements regarding who can write prescriptions.

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Along with addiction counseling, the drugs naltrexone, buprenorphine, and methadone all have a place in treatment for opioid use disorder, says Oesterle.

Oesterle responds to the opioid crisis by saying that we need to move beyond the medication-only approach and work to establish a generalized framework that includes a range of support. 

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