Medication-Assisted Treatment Improves Outcomes for Patients With Opioid Use Disorder

By now, you’re likely aware of the opioid epidemic in our community and in our country.  What you may not be aware of, however, are the medications available to assist in the recovery process.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)—a combination of psychosocial therapy and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medication—is the most effective intervention to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) and is more effective than either behavioral interventions or medication alone.  MAT significantly reduces illicit opioid use compared with nondrug approaches, and increased access to these therapies can reduce overdose fatalities. 

This FACT SHEET from The Pew Charitable Trusts gives an overview of MAT. Download the PDF or link to the article  here.

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