In Fighting An Opioid Epidemic, Medication-Assisted Treatment Is Effective But Underused

Colleen LaBelle first heard about buprenorphine when she was treating AIDS patients at Boston Medical Center. It was early 2002, and the hospital’s chief of internal medicine had asked her to go to Washington, D.C., with him to be trained on administering the soon-to-be approved opioid addiction medicine.

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