Opinion: Opioid overdoses are killing Americans. Improving access to methadone can save lives

The United States recently reached a grim milestone: 100,000 overdose deaths in one year. This spike is the result of numerous factors, from the social isolation and economic destruction of the Covid-19 pandemic to a surge in the availability of fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid.

Although an effective treatment for opioid use disorder exists — methadone, a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1947restrictive federal regulations create powerful barriers to people seeking access to this lifesaving medicine.

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