“Opioid use disorder, which claims 115 lives a day by overdose in the United States, is a complex, chronic medical condition, but one that can be successfully treated with proven medications. And yet, one of the oldest and most effective medications to treat this disorder — methadone — is out of reach for many people, largely due to outdated federal laws..
Methadone is typically taken daily in a highly structured setting, an approach that benefits many patients. But methadone should be treated no differently than other FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder. As we write in the New England Journal of Medicine, it’s time for Congress to remove this barrier to treatment and allow methadone to be prescribed in primary care settings, as well as in existing standalone clinics.”
Source: StatNews.com – July 5, 2018
See related article: Leaders call restricting methadone treatment to clinic settings outdated available at: https://www.behavioral.net/article/prescription-drug-abuse/leaders-call-restricting-methadone-treatment-clinic-settings