Wider Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment Urged for Teen Opioid Addiction

September 15th, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recommending that pediatricians consider offering medication-assisted treatment, such as buprenorphine, for teen and young adult patients with severe opioid use disorders. Pediatricians who do not prescribe the drugs themselves should refer patients to doctors who do, the group advises. According to the AAP, between 1991 and 2012, the rate of “nonmedical use” of opioid medication by teens and young adults up to age 25 more than doubled.

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