Major Study Shows Significant Mortality Reduction with Opioid Replacement Therapy

May 4th, 2017

The BMJ published an article this week that concluded that, “Retention in methadone and buprenorphine treatment is associated with substantial reductions in the risk for all cause and overdose mortality in people dependent on opioids.” The review examined 19 observational studies involving more than 120,000 patients. “In pooled trend analysis, all cause mortality dropped sharply over the first four weeks of methadone treatment and decreased gradually two weeks after leaving treatment,” the review said.

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