The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is taking note of the growing opiate epidemic, and has released updated guidelines for treating opiate addiction with medicines.
The guide outlines the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment for opiate addictions. These medicines include methadone and injectable naltrexone.
Currently, according to SAMHSA, medication-assisted treatment is limited because of high-cost, stigma, and other factors.
The organization is working with researchers to develop more medical options, in order that opiate addictions can be treated medically by primary care providers, rather than through specialized opiate-treatment programs.