Methadone (an opioid agonist) and buprenorphine (a partial opioid agonist) are the currently recommended treatments for patients addicted to opioids who require opioid maintenance therapy. But even though there is good evidence to support the efficacy of each for this purpose, authors of a recent review in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine believe that both are still misunderstood and underutilized.
How much do you know about the characteristics, risks vs benefits, and regulations surrounding each? This 10-question quiz will tell and, we hope, teach along the way.
1. Recent estimates indicate that 2.23 million people in the United States have opioid use disorder. Approximately how many of those use heroin?