Friday, June 5, 2015

Yale study treating and preventing opioid dependency

WTNH (NEW HAVEN, Conn.), June 2, 2015

"The number of opioid dependent patients in the country is now a major public health issue. A Yale study and a legislative effort aims to treat and prevent addiction.

It’s estimated 100 million people in the U.S. need pain medication, but those who are addicted or overdose on it find themselves in the emergency department.

'Similar to any other chronic-relapsing disease in the emergency department, we screen and we often initiate treatment,' said Dr. Gail D’Onofrio.

She and Dr. David Fiellin did more than that. The Yale School of Medicine researchers offered them an opportunity to sign up for a multi-intervention study. They found that those treated with buprenorphine, brand name Suboxone, responded best." Read More

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