For opiate addiction, study finds drug-assisted treatment is more effective than detox (Dr. Bohdan Nosyk, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Say you’re a publicly-insured Californian with an addiction to heroin, fentanyl or prescription narcotics, and you want to quit.

New research suggests you can do it the way most treatment-seeking addicts in the state do — by undergoing a medically-supervised “detoxification” that’s difficult, expensive and highly prone to failure.

“We believe our findings really do represent the reality in California,” said the study’s senior author, Bohdan Nosyk, a health economist with British Columbia’s Center of Excellence in HIV/AIDs. “The findings were really robust and, as new people come in, the savings will accumulate. So the numbers are conservative.”

Melissa Healy reports

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