Podcast #394: Myths of Medication Assisted Treatment - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast #394: Myths of Medication Assisted Treatment

Author: Katie Sprinkle, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the treatment of addiction with medications, commonly used for opioid use disorders
  • A long held belief is MAT simply replaces one addiction for another, which is patently false
  • MAT is one of the most affective methods to treat a patient with opioid addiction
  • Unfortunately, outdated requirements for prescribers along further prevent its widespread use


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Duber HC, Barata IA, Cioè-Peña E, Liang SY, Ketcham E, Macias-Konstantopoulos W, Ryan SA, Stavros M, Whiteside LK. Identification, Management, and Transition of Care for Patients With Opioid Use Disorder in the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Oct;72(4):420-431. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2018.04.007. Epub 2018 Jun 5. Review. PubMed PMID: 29880438.

Summary by Travis Barlock, MS4  | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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