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Don’t Forget The Gold

In the 2019 report “Facing Addiction In America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight On Opioids,” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., referred to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) as the ‘gold standard’. But that endorsement hasn’t been enough to drive adoption of MAT.

Despite the ‘gold standard’ endorsement, only about one in five adults with OUD received medication as part of their treatment (and only one in three received any type of treatment) in 2021. Those were the findings of a …

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