December 6, 2017

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) with methadone, buprenorphine, or naloxone, has been proven to help patients recover from opioid addiction.

These medications are:

  • Safe
  • Cost-effective
  • Reduce the risk of overdose
  • Increase treatment retention
  • Improve social functioning
  • Reduce the risks of infectious disease transmission
  • Reduce criminal activity

When researchers studied heroin-overdose deaths in Baltimore between 1995 and 2009, they found an association between increasing availability of MAT (methadone and buprenorphine) and an approximately 50% decrease in the number of fatal heroin overdoses.[1]

[1] Schwartz RP, Gryczynski J, O’Grady KE, et al. Opioid agonist treatments and heroin overdose deaths in Baltimore, Maryland, 1995-2009. Am J Public Health 2013;103:917- 22.