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Supplies of a Drug Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction Fell During the Pandemic | Healthiest Communities Health News
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Supplies of a Drug Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction Fell During the Pandemic | Healthiest Communities Health News

Researchers say regulations that limit patient access to methadone may have contributed to a significant decline in supplies of the opioid use disorder medication within the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic.The nation’s supply of methadone per capita fell 20% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of that year, marking the biggest decrease over the last decade, according to the findings of an analysis published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open.The study examined data tracking the commercial distribution of methadone, as well as the other most commonly used medication for treating opioid use disorder, buprenorphine, from Jan. 1, 2012 through June 30, 2021 to compare supplies of both drugs before and during the COVID-19.While the per capita supply of buprenorphine...