Opioid use disorder: Flexible treatment at home proves effective

published on June 15, 2022 in EurekAlert!

Did you know that more than 26,500 Canadians died from opioid intoxication between January 2016 and September 2021? Or that more than 350,000 people who used drugs containing opioids to relieve their pain did so problematically?

In Quebec alone, 339 people died from opioid intoxication between January and September 2021, according to the latest data from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Today, Canada is among the world’s top consumers of opioids, whether they’re medically prescribed or obtained illegally from illicit producers of very powerful substances such as fentanyl.

Now there’s new evidence that a more flexible model of care than methadone can be as effective in treating opioid use disorder, according to research led by Université de Montréal psychiatry and addictology professor Didier Jutras-Aswad…

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