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Prescription Opioid Use During Pregnancy Can Trigger Withdrawal in Newborns

New findings from an American research team indicate that even short-term use of prescription opioid medications during pregnancy can lead to neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition normally associated with illicit/illegal opioid drug consumption.

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Access to Buprenorphine Treatment Hit or Miss, Study Finds

A new study finds that 43 percent of American counties do not have a doctor credentialed to prescribe buprenorphine, a drug used in the treatment of heroin and other opioid addictions.

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Doctors Increasing Use of Buprenorphine in Addiction Treatment

The use of buprenorphine to treat opioid dependence has increased dramatically in the last 10 years, particularly among general physicians, indicating a clear shift in opioid maintenance therapy in the United States, a new study finds.

Buprenorphine is a modern opioid medication designed to, among other things, help people affected by opioid addiction break a pattern of uncontrolled drug or medication consumption and stay active in their treatment programs. All licensed doctors can prescribe buprenorphine to their patients; however, doctors who don’t specialize in addiction treatment once largely avoided prescribing the medication. In a study published in late 2014 in The American Journal on Addictions, a team of American researchers looked at the long-term trend of buprenorphine prescribing in outpatient addiction treatment among all U.S. doctors, including psychiatrists and general physicians.

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