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Massachusetts Study Finds Opioid Addiction Fighting Drugs Drastically Underutilized

According to a CNN report by the medical journal Annals of Modern Medicine Study, opioid addiction fighting drugs are being underutilized. The sample size of over 17,500 adults who had been in the hospital for non-life-threatening opioid overdoses, only 30% of them received any sort of FDA approved opioid addiction medication. The main medications we see used in medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs for opioid addiction are methadone, buprenorphine, and naloxone.

Shocking Statistics

The lead author of the study Dr. Marc Larochelle stated, “We were shocked by the fact that so few people are getting these medications,” (he is a researcher at Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction). It is not just about the medication that makes this opioid addiction answer so successful, it is also about the therapy that coincides with the medication. MAT programs are known to reduce relapse rates by over ½ within the first year of being in a MAT care plan.

Such treatment is considered the gold standard for opioid addiction. MAT combines behavioral therapy with one of three approved drugs: methadone; buprenorphine, which is sold as Suboxone; and naltrexone, commonly sold as Vivitrol.

In the study, of those who were treated with methadone or buprenorphine had reduced their risk of death by 60% and 40%. With numbers like that and taking into consideration the mortality rates of an opioid drug user, MAT should be a standard in opioid addiction treatment

FDA Takes Notice and Prioritizes MAT Medication Development

The FDA is prioritizing medications used in MAT treatment options in the April press release addressing the opioid epidemic in our country. Besides the three opioid addiction medications currently used in MAT programs, the FDA is prioritizing the development of new options for MAT.

In all the rehabilitation treatment centers we have nationally, less than 50% of the programs have any option for MAT. This has been changing slowly, but with the relapse rate and overdose death rate from opioids at what it is, time is not on our side.

Daylight Detox & Recovery Center Has been on the Forefront in Florida’s Drug Addiction Treatment Industry when it Comes to Utilizing MAT

Even when the basis of most South Florida drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers i have an abstinence only way of thinking and programming, Daylight has always stood as a leader in providing cutting edge treatment. The statistics do not lie, the relapse rate reduction does not lie, we see it everyday first hand with the clients we have in our care. We take pride in providing extremely effective care for those who have struggled with drug and alcohol addiction.

Each and every client who walks through the doors at Daylight is given a unique treatment care plan according to their individual needs, previous drug history, and goals for the future. We save lives and give our clients the vision for the hope that is right around the corner if they choose to live a happy and successful life free of alcohol and drugs.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an opioid drug addiction, we can help. We have admissions counselors standing by. For more information call us at: (888) 708-2602.