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Helen Baghdoyan answered Academic Minute’s question: what is the best way to treat opioid addiction?

“There are only three drugs approved for treating opioid use disorder. Two of these drugs, methadone and buprenorphine, are themselves opioids and the third is the opioid receptor blocker naltrexone. For some patients, these drugs have the desired effect of decreasing opioid craving. However, recovery is a long and difficult process requiring an addiction specialist along with peer and family support.”

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