A 2016 physician survey on the prescribing of buprenorphine does indicate that counselors and other specialty providers could help physicians overcome reluctance to prescribe the opioid dependence treatment.
A study conducted by Cigna healthcare finds practitioners believe treating veterans with opioid use disorder is more challenging than treating civilians, and many feel they could benefit from more staff with direct experience.
New research has found that providing psychosocial counseling and avoiding prescribed opioids or benzodiazepines are among the variables that can reduce mortality rates in opioid use disorders. Medication treatment did not affect death rates.
A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that the prevalence of non-medical use of prescription opioids in 2012-2014 was highest in Oklahoma and lowest in Minnesota.