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Certain medications not being used enough to fight addiction

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Posted at 5:34 AM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 05:34:43-04

A new study finds doctors aren't using medications like Methadone enough to treat people fighting opioid addictions.

Researchers say only 30% of adults who went to the emergency room for a drug overdose between 2012 and 2014 received an FDA approved medication-assisted treatment.

That's according to a study by Annals of Internal Medicine.

Methadone and drugs like it prevent the symptoms of withdrawal that opioid users feel.

However, they don't provide the euphoric effects of drugs like heroin.