For the first time since 1990, the U.S. experienced a drop in drug overdoses in 2018 – a modest 4-5% compared to 2017.
I gave birth to the older of my two daughters while taking methadone to treat addiction to heroin. By the time I had my second daughter, I had switched to buprenorphine. I'm in a unique position to speak about my experiences with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and pregnancy due to my experiences with the two dominant medications used by pregnant women in recovery.
Buprenorphine/naloxone (known by it’s common brand name, Suboxone) is the gold-standard treatment for opioid addiction. So if your friend, family member, or significant other is now receiving the gold standard of care, you should feel some relief. But medication for addiction recovery comes with a stigma that often results in concern from loved ones.