Amid fentanyl crisis, first-of-its-kind study to evaluate expanded methadone access

Ever since fentanyl entered the U.S. drug supply, many Americans seeking treatment for opioid addiction have found that only a single medication is effective at easing cravings and withdrawal: methadone.

But even though the drug is widely considered to be safe and effective, there’s not much data about how methadone stacks up against its main alternative, buprenorphine. And since methadone treatment is only available at specialized clinics known as opioid treatment programs, or OTPs, it’s even more of a mystery how patients might fare when it’s prescribed in a doctor’s office.

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