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Insurance rules make it harder to treat opioid use disorder

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Insurance rules make it harder to treat opioid use disorder

OHSU study finds it's easy to get opioids but increasingly hard to get medication-assisted treatment for addiction

IMAGE: New research shows that insurance rules increasingly limited the use of buprenorphine, one of just three FDA-approved medications to treat opioid dependence. view more

Insurance industry cost-control measures may be worsening the nation's opioid epidemic by limiting access to a key medication that treats addiction, according to a research letter published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Despite the medical profession's growing acceptance of the need for medications for addiction treatment that give hope to people suffering with opioid use disorder, a study conducted by clinician-scientists at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, found that insurance rules increasingly limited the use of buprenorphine among Medicare beneficiaries between 2007 and 2018.

"Buprenorphine is a safe and effective treatment that decreases deaths due to opioids ...

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