“Access expanded for medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder.”
CNN circulates the news that the Administration is taking steps to expand treatment and options for Addicts. Buprenorphine use expanded in opioid detox. The drug acts on the receptor targets of heroin and morphine but does not produce the same high or dangerous side effects, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
HHS estimated that 2.2 million Americans met the criteria for opioid addiction, and about a million of those received medication-assisted treatment, according to Dr. Christopher Jones, director of the Division of Science Policy in the Office of the agency’s assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. Of that million, about 60% to 65% received buprenorphine, and the remainder received methadone.