A longer duration of extended-release naltrexone treatment in individuals with opioid dependence was associated with improved outcomes and reduced rates of relapse.
All 3 opioid-dependence pharmacotherapies — methadone, buprenorphine, and oral naltrexone — were associated with reductions in inpatient substance abuse treatment.
Compared with buprenorphine-naloxone, use of extended-release naltrexone maintained abstinence from heroin and other illicit substances at a similar rate.
Early pharmacologic intervention for opioid use disorder after diagnosis is crucial to prevent relapse and overdose in adolescents and young adults.
Policies have helped make naloxone more available, thus contributing to the reduction of opioid-related deaths in the U.S.
An 8-day detoxification process using low-dose oral naltrexone showed superior efficacy to the standard 15-day approach that uses an agonist taper leading to induction with extended-release naltrexone
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