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Study: Many in treatment for opioid addiction are prescribed more opioid painkillers

Many people receiving the most common medication to treat opioid addiction are being prescribed opioid painkillers at the same time, a surprising finding that helps explain why even the most effective substance abuse therapies don’t work nearly as well as experts say they should. The new study, published Thursday in the journal Addiction, also determined that people tend to stop taking the treatment medication after an average of under two months — far less than the six months or a year that experts say is likely needed for successful recovery. TRI’s Adam Brooks, PhD, is quoted in this article.

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