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Update on Barriers to Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorders.


ABSTRACT: PURPOSE OF REVIEW:The recent heroin and prescription opioid misuse epidemic has led to a sharp increase in the number of opioid overdose deaths in the USA. Notwithstanding the availability of three FDA-approved medications (methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone) to treat opioid use disorder, these medications are underutilized. This paper provides an update from the recent peer-reviewed literature on barriers to the use of these medications. FINDINGS:These barriers are interrelated and can be categorized as financial, regulatory, geographic, attitudinal, and logistic. While financial barriers are common to all three medications, other barriers are medication-specific. The adverse impact of the current opioid epidemic on public health can be reduced by increasing access to effective pharmacotherapy for opioid use disorder.

SUBMITTER: Sharma A 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC7075636 | BioStudies | 2017-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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