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As opioid abuse among youth dramatically increases, a new study finds that few of these young patients are being prescribed effective treatments.


New research published in JAMA Pediatrics finds the proportion of Americans age 13 to 25 diagnosed with opioid use disorders increased almost six-fold from 2001 to 2014. But overall, just 27 percent of these youth are being prescribed buprenorphine and naltrexone, two medications shown to effectively treat withdrawals and cravings and to reduce relapse.

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