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Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment: Is It Right for Me or My Loved One?

Vivitrol used in medication-assisted treatment.

Medication-assisted treatment or MAT is a viable form of ongoing maintenance for a variety of substance abuse-related conditions, specifically opioid and alcohol addiction. Many patients experience considerable success managing their cravings and overcoming withdrawal symptoms with the help of these drugs. Doctors and clinicians are further innovating medication-assisted treatment by the day and expanding its […]

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US Prisons Using Vivitrol to Curb Post-Release Opioid Addiction among Inmates

November 14, 2016 4:37 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , ,

Addiction and incarceration have been closely linked for decades. One of the primary critics of this country’s current drug laws is that they disproportionately punish non-violent offenders, needlessly crowding the prison system and tearing families apart. Looking at the current incarceration rates in US prisons, it’s hard to disagree with this assessment. It’s also true that prisons, themselves, can be incubators for addiction. Most recently there was a controversy regarding the smuggling and abuse of Suboxone in American prisons, proving once again that even anti-opioid drugs can be diverted and abused. A pilot program that provides Vivitrol injections to addicted inmates may offer medication-assisted treatment with diminished opportunity for diversion.

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