Medication assisted treatment

Vivitrol is the injectable form of naltrexone, which cuts cravings for opioids and alcohol. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)

Methadone, Suboxone, and Vivitrol are all different types of drugs used to treat opioid addictions. But what do those medications actually do? How effective are they? Are they a solution for solving Alaska’s addiction crisis?

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HOST: Anne Hillman

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Pew Charitable Trusts MAT Fact Sheet

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NOTE: During the program, the host mistakenly said that Vivitrol can cause a person to feel ill if they drink when on the medication. Nurse Practioner Jyll Green, who administers Vivitrol, said it does not, but a person using the medication does not want to drink. If a person is a heavy drinker, Vivitrol can cause the person to feel withdrawal symptoms. Antabuse, a medication used to treat alcohol addictions, will cause a person to feel ill when drinking.

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After being told innumerable times that maybe she asked too many questions, Anne Hillman decided to pursue a career in journalism. She's reported from around Alaska since 2007 and briefly worked as a community radio journalism trainer in rural South Sudan. ahillman (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8447  |  About Anne

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