Millions of people in the United States are
struggling with a dependence on opioids. And this problem continues to grow. Opioid use disorder is often viewed as a moral failing. In reality, it’s actually a chronic disease
like diabetes or asthma. And like other chronic diseases, opioid use disorders can be treated. The most effective therapy is medication-assisted treatment, or M.A.T. which combines drugs with behavioral therapy. So how does M.A.T. work? Opioids alter the chemistry of the brain
by attaching to opioid receptors. When these drugs attach to their receptors,
they reduce the perception of pain. That’s Dr. Peggy Compton who’s done research
on opioid use for NIH. And a person with opioid use disorder is physically dependent on these drugs and needs higher and higher doses overtime, which can lead to overdose or even death. Fortunately, there are FDA-approved drugs
can help. They curb cravings and block the effects of opioids. People are then better able to manage their disease which can help prevent relapse. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, medication-assisted treatments have been shown to facilitate recovery from substance use disorders and prevent relapse. M.A.T. is crucial to long-term recovery and
helps people live healthier, more productive lives.

3 thoughts on “This Treatment Can Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic”

  1. Once again, people who don't know medical terminology making public announcement videos…..

    Dependence IS NOT Addiction.

    Patients ARE NOT Addicts.

    Any questions?


  2. BTW, no one deliberately chooses to do something dangerous that'll make them get Diabetes or Asthma. So, NO, "Opioid Use Disorder" – more commonly and less PC known as "Drug Abuse" – is NOT ANYTHING like Asthma or Diabetes.

    Seriously, you guys talk like addicts just "happen" at no fault of their own. That one night they were innocently snuggling into their pillow for a nights rest and BAM an opioid pill broke into their home, kicked down the bedroom door, ran up to them and crammed themselves down the person's throat, deviously cutting off their air supply until they swallowed. Yeah, I'm sure it happens that way. Opioid pills wandering the streets, breaking and entering homes and assaulting people with the sole intention of making an addict.

    It's a common sense fact that until someone acknowledges and takes personal responsibly for making bad life choices, they'll never stop making those bad life choices.

  3. It is really interesting when someone who thinks they know everything about something and really knows very little. Dependence is part of addiction.  However many medications result in dependence including insulin and high blood pressure medications.  If the patient does not take the medication they will get sick. Many people display the symptoms of addiction by being prescribed opioid medications for pain.  Other people that lack health insurance and are suffering from depression and also pain and can't get pain medications turn to the black market and get into trouble. Nearly one-third of the persons methadone treatment – and that number is growing – began by being prescribed opioid medications.  Even those that may have mad bad life choices did so when they were teen agers or young.  Anyone can make a mistake.  But we do know that their is a big genetic contribution to opiate addiction like 70%.  Diabetics that made poor life choices only have a genetic contribution of 40%.  You don't think Type 2 diabetics make poor life choices or persons with hypertension.  Think again – they did not have good diets or exercise and many would not have to take medication if they changed their life style.  All chronic diseases have a behavioral component to them and for some people it is more.

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