Op-ed: Medical options too often ignored for opioid-addiction cases

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Op-ed: Medical options too often ignored for opioid-addiction cases

September 21, 2017

FDA-approved medications can help the body and brain establish a new "normal."

"We have been treating people with opioid addictions for more than 30 years. It doesn’t make sense to us that, as the United States finally gears up to fight this epidemic, most clinicians are using the wrong approaches, like brief detox or being discharged to home or the street after a near-lethal overdose."

Drs. Richard Ries and Andrew Saxon, professors of psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine, wrote an op-ed in STAT advocating for healthcare professionals to deliver medication-assisted therapy that is proven to work.