Keeping opioid dependents in methadone treatment for longer saves lives, study finds

RESEARCHERS SAY THAT retaining patients receiving methadone treatment for longer periods will save lives, as a new study has shown that they are most at risk of overdosing in the month following the end of treatment and during its first four weeks.

People with opioid dependence have more than 10 times the risk of premature death than the general population. Methadone and other prescription drugs have been shown to be the most effective treatment for the issue.

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Source:, February 2020. Accessed on February 27th 2020