Treatment of opioid use disorder
New guidelines can arm pediatricians with the basic understanding of treatment options to manage opioid dependence or addiction in children.
To date, no singular guideline exists on treatment of opioid dependence or addiction in children and adolescents. Current guidelines on opioid use and treatment are geared primarily for adults, and their extrapolation to children should be avoided because little data is available on the specific effects of opioids on the developing mind and the optimal approach to treating dependence or addiction. Pediatricians and other healthcare providers who care for children and adolescents can use the information here as a starting point to better understand how to approach the management of opioid dependence or addiction in children.
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