Higher Buprenorphine Doses May Help SUD Providers Treat the ‘Different Beast’ That Is Fentanyl 

Deaths from fentanyl-involved drug overdoses soared by 279% from 2016 to 2021, according to the CDC. Buprenorphine has been found to reduce mortality rates of opioid use disorder by 50%, but patients addicted to fentanyl could be missing out on more effective dosages because of outdated FDA guidelines. Current FDA guidelines for buprenorphine were based […]

Most Youth Addiction Treatment Facilities Don’t Offer the Most Effective Treatment for OUD

On average, a person seeking youth addiction treatment would need to call nine providers to find one that offered buprenorphine, the only medication approved for the treatment of youth with opioid use disorder (OUD). These results, and others like them, highlight serious gaps in access to evidence-based treatments in the residential addiction treatment segment, according […]

Telehealth Combined with OUD Treatment Cut Fatal Overdoses by 33%

Combining telehealth with opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment leads to lower odds of death by overdose. That’s according to a new study from three federal agencies on the expanded use of telehealth and other regulatory flexibilities during the coronavirus public health emergency (PHE) to treat OUD. Telehealth coupled with OUD treatment led to a 33% […]

Looming Regulatory Changes Could Remake MAT Access

The federal government is signaling big moves around deregulating medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Key federal stakeholders have indicated reforms are a top priority going forward. Already, the House of Representatives passed the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act, potentially clearing the way for easier prescribing of methadone and buprenorphine. If realized, the changes to […]

Medicare Beneficiaries Saw Better OUD Outcomes When Using Telehealth: CDC Study

Telehealth use in OUD among Medicare beneficiaries was associated with better patient retention and lower medically treated overdose risks, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry on Wednesday. Federal health care research and policymaking bodies touted the study as validation of telehealth in treating opioid use disorder (OUD). The National Center for Injury […]