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Report: Dispensing of medication-assisted treatment on the rise

May 30, 2019 12:18 PM | Sally Winkelman (Administrator)

May 30, Wisconsin Health News 

There's been an increase in the prescribing of medication used in medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, according to a recent report.

The number of pharmacy-dispensed prescriptions for suboxone increased 21 percent between the first quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of this year, noted a quarterly report from the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

The number of prescriptions went from 36,828 to 44,561 over the period. That doesn't include dispensing that occurs at a federally funded opioid treatment program. 

Suboxone was the fourteenth most dispensed drug monitored by the program, according to the report. 

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