Not so fast: News headlines claiming two therapies were proven ‘equally effective’ for treating opioid use disorder

Last week’s big health news was a study on two medication-assisted treatments for opioid use disorder. Published in The Lancet, the study compared the monthly injectable treatment Vivitrol (naltrexone) to a dissolvable oral strip called Suboxone (buprenorphine).

Depending on which news headline you came across, your main takeaway about the study would likely either be that 1) the two drugs were equally effective, or 2) the findings weren’t so clear-cut.

For example:

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