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Once-a-month shot for opioid addiction works as well as daily medication, study finds

A study finds a monthly shot to treat opioid addiction was as effective in maintaining short-term abstinence as a more commonly prescribed daily treatment.

A once-a-month shot to treat opioid addiction was as effective in maintaining short-term abstinence from heroin and similar drugs as a more commonly prescribed daily treatment, according to a Norwegian study released Wednesday.

The study is believed to be the first to directly compare  — administered as a monthly shot — with a combination drug treatment sold under the brand name . In the U.S. and many for people with an opioid use disorder.

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