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Greater Use of Meds to Halt Opioid Overdose Epidemic Urged

US addiction experts are urging expanded use of medications to combat the “opioid overdose epidemic” plaguing the country.

In a commentary published April 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) director Nora Volkow, MD, and colleagues from other US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies call upon healthcare providers to expand their use of medications to treat opioid addiction and reduce overdose deaths.

In addition, they describe a number of misperceptions that have limited access to these potentially lifesaving medications.