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Blog Entries - October 2017

Medication-Assisted Treatment at Walden

Posted on: October 10, 2017 12:10 pm

In the midst of the opioid epidemic, communities across the country face increased demands for prevention and substance use disorder services.  The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) report

  • Young adult’s heroin use more than doubled in the past decade
  • More than 90 percent of people who use heroin also use at least one other drug
  • 45 percent of people who use heroin are also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.
  • Prescription opioid drug overdoses increased threefold in three years.

To combat this crisis, behavioral health organizations are increasingly utilizing evidence-based practices such as medication assisted treatment (MAT), Walden is no different.  Medications such as buprenorphine and methadone consistently prove effective in treating opioid use disorder.  In recent years, extended-release naltrexone has also been approved for the treatment of opioid dependence and shown evidence of effectiveness.

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