Life-saving medication for opioid use disorder underprescribed in US

Buprenorphine, a life-saving medication for opioid use disorder, is underutilized by physicians, according to researchers.
Kevin Xu, MD, MPH, a resident physician in psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues discovered that buprenorphine, which has been shown to reduce the risk for overdose, was prescribed to only about half of patients in the United States who were seeking treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). The number was even lower for those with polysubstance use disorder — a disorder in which opioid users also misuse other

Buprenorphine, a life-saving medication for opioid use disorder, is underutilized by physicians, according to researchers.
Kevin Xu, MD, MPH, a resident physician in psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues discovered that buprenorphine, which has been shown to reduce the risk for overdose, was prescribed to only about half of patients in the United States who were seeking treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). The number was even lower for those with polysubstance use disorder — a disorder in which opioid users also misuse other