By Dennis Thompson 

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, May 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Medications that treat opioid addiction and prevent overdose deaths are drastically under-prescribed in the United States, particularly for Black patients, a new study has found.

Disabled people on Medicare are not likely to be prescribed either buprenorphine – the best medication for treating opioid addiction – or naloxone (Narcan), a drug that can reverse a life-threatening overdose, researchers report in the May 10 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Further, Black Americans are even less likely than whites to receive these meds following a medical event that clearly indicates the…


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