Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders: Progress and Challenges

January 12, 2016

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Presenter(s): Nora Volkow, MD, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse

NOTE:  This webinar was rescheduled from September 29, 2015 when it was cancelled due to technical difficulties. 

Webinar Description:
For decades, medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders has shown enormous potential for saving lives. When prescribed and monitored properly, medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are safe and cost-effective components of opioid use disorder treatment that can improve lives, reduce the risk of overdose, increase patient retention, and decrease drug use, infectious disease transmission, and criminal activity. Despite their potential for positive outcomes, however, medication-assisted therapies are still markedly underutilized for a variety of reasons including inadequate provider education and misunderstandings about addiction medications by the public, health care providers, insurers, and patients. One common, long-held, stigma-generating misperception, for example, is that medication-assisted therapies merely replace one substance use disorder for another.

The skyrocketing abuse of both prescription opioids and heroin in recent years dramatically amplifies the urgency for increased access to and improved utilization of these valuable treatment strategies.

This webinar provided recent trends in opiate overdose deaths, opiate abuse, and opioid use disorder treatment needs as well as research efforts currently underway to develop improved long-acting medications and vaccines for opiate use disorder. The importance of the medical community’s engagement and participation in medication assisted treatment was discussed, as well as their critical role in ensuring the successful translation and ultimate adoption of research discoveries into clinical practice.

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January 12, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Nora Volkow, MD
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Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
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