“Medications that treat addiction – buprenorphine, methadone and a third named naltrexone — are a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s plan to combat the opiate epidemic.
Opiate addicts who are given such “medication-assisted treatment” cut their risk of death from all causes – from overdoses to car accidents – in half, said Melinda Campopiano, medical officer at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The medications also halve a person’s risk of becoming infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
These medications are “an essential component of an ongoing treatment plan” that allow people to “regain control of their health and lives,” said Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.”
Source: USAToday.com – July 8, 2015