Health Affairs  |  May 27, 2022

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There were more than 107,000 overdose deaths in the United States in 2021, of which approximately 80,000 involved opioids. There are effective, evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorder (OUD) that could have averted tens of thousands of these deaths, but they are inaccessible to many people. Perhaps nowhere is this truer than in the case of methadone. Although this medication is an effective treatment for OUD that dramatically reduces overdose deaths and other opioid-related harms, significant and inequitable barriers currently impede access to it.

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