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Combo Drug Therapy Offers Promise to Treat Meth Use Disorder

Jan. 13, 2021, 10:01 PM

A combination of anti-addiction drugs for opioids and smoking may offer the first pharmaceutical therapy to treat methamphetamine use disorder, an understudied condition that’s linked to increasing overdose deaths.

A clinical trial testing such a therapy found participants in the treatment group had a significantly better response than those in the placebo arm, according to findings published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The trial shows the largest effects to date for a pharmaceutical intervention to address meth use disorder, Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health,...

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