Hasten medication treatments to end meth addictions


U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) this week continued his efforts to end methamphetamine addictions in his home state and across the country by urging the federal government to quickly develop Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) currently is pursuing MAT to combat meth addiction via seven ongoing NIH-funded trials. MATs exist for opioids, alcohol and other drugs, but not for treating meth addictions, according to a Dec. 17 letter Sen. Daines sent to NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins.

“In Montana, we have a crisis wreaking havoc throughout the state: a methamphetamine epidemic. Meth is destroying families and communities, and disproportionately impacting Native American tribes,” wrote the lawmaker in his letter. “As Montana and other parts of the country confront this crisis, I write to encourage the [NIH] to continue their diligent pursuit of a Medication Assisted Treatment to combat meth addiction.”

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