Medication-assisted treatment for youth with opioid use disorder: Current dilemmas and remaining questions

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Title: Medication-assisted treatment for youth with opioid use disorder: Current dilemmas and remaining questions
Authors: Chang, Derek
Klimas, Jan
Wood, Evan
Fairbairn, Nadia
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Date: 30-Nov-2017
Abstract: 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.
Funding Details: European Commission
Irish Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright (published version): 2017 Taylor and Francis
Keywords: AddictionYouthAdolescentOpioid agonist therapyOpioid use disorderBuprenorphineMethadone
DOI: 10.1080/00952990.2017.1399403
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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