Study compares top two meds used to treat opioid addiction


Source: CBS News

The top two medications used to treat opioid addiction appear equally safe and effective, a new study finds.

With the United States in the midst of an unprecedented opioid crisis, researchers conducted a head-to-head trial of two leading addiction treatments — naltrexone (Vivitrol) and buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone).

“The newer drug, naltrexone, was as effective in keeping patients off heroin, preventing relapse and overdose, as buprenorphine,” said lead researcher Dr. Joshua Lee.

These results should reassure patients and health care providers that naltrexone is safe to use to break the cycle of addiction, said Lee, an associate professor at New York University School of Medicine’s departments of medicine and population health.

“This gives people two choices,” he said.

Overdoses from heroin and prescription opioid painkillers like oxycodone (OxyContin) have claimed 300,000 lives since 2000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease


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