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“Our study did not look at the outcome of overdose or deaths, but there is a clearly established benefit of getting treated with buprenorphine and lower overdose risk,” Saloner said by email.

For the study, researchers focused on West Virginia, one of the states hardest hit by the nation’s opioid crisis.

As of 2016, West Virginia had a fatal opioid overdose rate of 43.4 deaths for every 100,000 residents, more than triple the U.S. average of 13.3 fatalities for every 100,000 people, the researchers note in Health Affairs.

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