Chicago, IL (AP) - Some new research is showing promise of a new drug to treat opioid addiction relapse.
According to the Associated Press, a monthly shot of Vivitrol is showing to be as effective as an older treatment Suboxone, which is a daily dose. The shot does require a few days of detox first and that has proven to be a stumbling block for many. This is coming from the first US study to compare these two treatment methods.
Both drugs had high relapse rates and there were overdoses, including fatal ones, in the experiment in 570 adults. It's the first to compare the two treatments in the U.S.
Study co-author Dr. Joshua Lee of New York University School of Medicine says it's time to broaden access to both treatments. Many treatment programs don't offer either medication.
The study was published Tuesday in the journal Lancet.