New Opioid Treatment Offers Hope For Addicts, But Challenges For Doctors

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Dr. Michael Frost demonstrates use of Probuphine, an implant that dispenses medication to treat opioid addiction. (Karen Shakerdge/WXXI)
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Physicians across the country are learning to administer a new opioid treatment.

It’s an implant — four little sticks that get inserted in a patient’s arm, delivering a constant low dose of medication.

Experts say it could be a real game changer for people dependent on opioid addiction medication. But physicians are encountering some challenges in adopting it.

Karen Shakerdge of WXXI in Rochester, New York, reports.

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Karen Shakerdge, reporter and producer covering health news for WXXI in Rochester, New York. She tweets @karenshakerdge.

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