Opioid treatment for teens? Medications can help

Teens who misuse prescription or illicit opioids might benefit from opioid treatment medications, according to a new study. An estimated 900 adolescents started to misuse opioid painkillers every day in 2017, and some of them turned to cheaper and more potent illegal opioids like heroin. Yet little is known about the effectiveness of opioid medications — the recommended treatment for adults with opioid use disorder — in teens who are younger than 18.

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