In an attempt to help more people with drug addictions, Indiana will start covering methadone treatment for those on Medicaid and has added five centers to its list of treatment providers. Read the local story here.
The five new opioid treatment programs are in counties with the highest rates of use of naloxone, a drug that can reverse an overdose. The state now has 19 treatment centers. Johnson, Vigo, Tippecanoe, Monroe and Allen counties will now each have a site.
Methadone is only one medication out of several that can be used to treat opioid use disorder. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) pairs nondrug therapies, such as counseling, with an FDA-approved medication to treat OUD. These drugs—methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone—are available in various product formulations and doses. Each medication differs in the way it works to relieve symptoms of opioid withdrawal and/or block the euphoric effects of the drugs. Read more about MAT and opioid use disorder on our Topics page.