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Medication-assisted treatment for youth with opioid use disorder: Current dilemmas and remaining questions
Chang, Derek; Klimas, Jan; Wood, Evan; Fairbairn, Nadia
The prevalence of risky opioid use, opioid use disorder, and related harms continue to rise among youth (adolescents and young adults age 15-25) in North America. With an increasing number of opioid overdoses, there remain significant barriers to care for youth with opioid use disorder, and there is an urgent need to expand evidence-based care for treatment of opioid use disorder among this population. Based on the extensive literature on treatment of opioid use disorder among adults, medicated-assisted treatment is likely to be an important or even essential component of treatment of opioid use disorder for most youth. In this article, we outline the current dilemmas and questions regarding the use of medication-assisted treatment among youth with opioid use disorder and propose some potential solutions based on the current evidence. European Commission Irish Research Council Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions US National Institutes of Health
Keyword(s): Addiction; Youth; Adolescent; Opioid agonist therapy; Opioid use disorder; Buprenorphine; Methadone
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
First Indexed: 2019-05-11 06:33:34 Last Updated: 2019-05-11 06:33:34