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Medications for opioid use disorder save lives.

People with opioid use disorder (OUD) who stop using opioids often relapse (return to use) if they do not use medication to help them. Stopping and then re-starting opioids puts a person at high risk for a fatal overdose.

Medications for OUD, specifically buprenorphine and methadone, have been shown to reduce the risk of death in people living with OUD by at least 50%. 

Medications can also help people be successful in their recovery by:

  • Decreasing cravings to use opioids
  • Lowering the risk of relapse/illicit opioid use
  • Increasing the time they stay in treatment
  • Improving their lives and relationships with others

Learn more about how medications for OUD work

Click below to learn more about what medications are FDA approved to treat OUD, how each medication works, and compare and contrast the medications.

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Where can I find someone who can prescribe medications for OUD?

If you have a health care provider, start there. Ask them about methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, and whether they offer these treatments and can help you get into treatment. If your health care provider is unable or unwilling to prescribe these medications, request a referral to another provider who can prescribe them.

If you do not have a provider or are unable to get a referral, there are other support and treatment locators available below. Please note that these treatment locators are not exhaustive. Providers often have to "opt-in" to be listed in these networks. 

  • SAMHSA's National Helpline:  1-800-662-HELP (4357) 24/7 for free, confidential treatment/referral information in English and Spanish
  • Online treatment locator at FindHelpNowKY.org/KY
  • KY Help Call Center: Call Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 5:30pm to speak with a referral specialist at 1-877-859-4357 or visit online at hopeandhelpky.com
  • Voices of Hope Information and Support Line: To be connected to resources that support recovery, please call 1-888-Hope4KY or submit a message online here