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Medications for opiate and opioid addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

Medications for opiate and opioid addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Prescription medications for opiate addiction

  • Naltrexone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Methadone

Each of these medications can address opiate/opiate dependence.  Additionally, when used correctly, buprenorphine and methadone can help address psychological cravings for harder drugs.  So why are medications underused when treating opiate addiction or opioid addiction? Basically, the judicial and medical environments have not been optimized for the use of medications to treat opioid or opiate addiction.

Medications for opiate addiction

Still wondering about the costs or benefits of pharmacological treatment of addiction?  We explore more here.  And invite your questions about medications for opiate addiction at the end.

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5 Responses to “Medications for opiate and opioid addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)
Todd
12:28 am May 15th, 2015

Super infographic…I work for a treatment program that provides a naltrexone implant for help with alcohol and opioids. The lack of awareness and resistance to accept these medications is truly mind boggling. We are in the 21st century aren’t we?!? Thanks Addiction Blog…

1:18 pm May 18th, 2015

Thanks Todd. Glad you like the infographic. Feel free to share it with others, so we can inform as many people as possible.

R Johnson
9:59 pm July 2nd, 2015

This is great information in an easy to understand format. Educating people about opioid addiction and medication that can be utilized to treat it is a key component in addressing the issue.

4:17 pm July 3rd, 2015

Thank you for the kind words, R Johnson.

Susan
6:24 am August 2nd, 2016

My daughter was on methadone for 2 years. I hate this drug. It certainly does not even try to wean addicts. The cost of Naltroxone is extreme. How are addicts suppose to pay for this drug that will help them to live. This is the US – we should provide help for those who want help for this disease. Shame on us.

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