“Just a small fraction of adolescents with opioid addiction will receive medications that can help them quit, new research shows.
To get a “baseline” sense of medication-assisted treatment in adolescents with opiate or heroin addiction, Kenneth Feder of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore and his colleagues looked at data on 139,092 patients receiving treatment at publicly funded programs in the United States in 2013.
Among patients addicted to opiates, 12 percent of adults received medication, compared to less than 1 percent of adolescents, the researchers reported in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
“There’s more that needs to be done across the board to facilitate access to these treatments when they’re medically necessary,” Feder told Reuters Health by phone. “The best validated treatment for somebody struggling with an opiate addiction is treatment that includes some sort of medication assistance.”
Source: KFGO.com – March 10, 2017