As the South Carolina House Opioid Abuse Prevention Study Committee looks at ways to prevent prescription drug abuse, they heard Tuesday about medication-assisted treatment (MAT) being used to wean people off dependence.
Committee members heard from Dr. Josh Rising of the Pew Research Center on treatment plans other states are using.
“We’ve been looking at evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder,” he said. “And this is generally… the gold standard, medicated assisted treatment.”
MAT combines ongoing counseling with the use of one of three FDA-approved medications: methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone.
Rising told senators that the number of drug-related deaths continued to go up in South Carolina over the past decade. “The vast majorities of these are related to opioids,” he said. “And most recently this is due to an increased presence of fentanyl in the drug supply.”
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