Comprised of videos, testimonials and an e-book, the online tool is meant to help parents make an informed choice when they are looking for treatment options for a teen or young adult recovering from an addiction to prescription pain medications, heroin or other opiates.
The tool explains three different drugs that the Food and Drug Administration has approved to treat opioid addiction: methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone and addresses the characteristics specific to each, as well as the appropriateness of each medication in the treatment of older teens and young adults.
When used as detoxification medications, methadone and buprenorphine can reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids. When used as maintenance medications, they suppress withdrawal and cravings and actively contribute to a reduction in nonmedical opioid use. Naltrexone is a maintenance medication and blocks the intense “high” effects that opioids are known to have in the user.
Made possible through an unrestricted grant from Reckitt Benckiser, the online tool was developed in collaboration with leading clinicians in the field of treating substance abuse.
To view the online tool, click here.