Researchers identify predictors of timely enrollment in treatment for opioid use disorder

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — For people living with opioid use disorder, the path to treatment is not always clear-cut. Sometimes, there’s no path at all. The gap between those recommended for medications for opioid use disorder — with methadone, buprenorphine or other medications prescribed — and those who ultimately receive it is wide and […]

Fewer than 2 percent of OB-GYN doctors can prescribe life-saving opioid treatment

The number of obstetrician-gynecologists who are able to prescribe a lifesaving opioid addiction medicine called buprenorphine to their patients is woefully small, comprising less than two percent of the 31,000-plus doctors studied across the country, according to new analysis. This is especially concerning as the proportion of those expecting to give birth who are using […]

Artificial intelligence-based tool may help diagnose opioid addiction earlier

Researchers have used machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence, to develop a prediction model for the early diagnosis of opioid use disorder. The advance is described in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives. The model was generated from information in a commercial claim database from 2006 through 2018 of 10 million medical insurance claims from 550,000 […]