What is medication-assisted treatment?
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of Federally approved medication to help combat opioid dependency. While incorporating MAT with traditional substance abuse counseling and evidence-based practices, sustainable sobriety is possible. Most noteworthy, these prescribed medications have effectively reduced the risk of opioid related overdose. A study of heroin overdose deaths between 1999 and 2009 showed that overdoses decreased by 50 percent in areas with readily available MAT treatment programs.
Opioid Overdose Rate
The rate of death from overdoses of prescription opioids in the United States more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2010 (See above graph), far exceeding the combined death toll from cocaine and heroin overdoses. Reports indicate that 16,651 people fatally overdosed in 2010. More importantly, only 92 percent of these fatalities were classified as unintentional.