Worth The Effort –
October 1, 2019 – And though the worsening opioid overdose crisis has helped other medications and therapies become popular in recent years, methadone remains one of the gold standard treatments for people with opioid use disorder. Kleber was elected to the National Academy of Medicine 23 years ago Tuesday. To commemorate that anniversary, and the work of late the psychiatrist who thought addiction should be treated as a medical condition rather than a moral failing, Google honored Kleber with a Google Doodle.
Research continues to show that medication-assisted therapy is extremely effective at reducing the risk of death or serious health consequences often associated with opioid use, and in that way Kleber’s legacy of evidence-based treatment for addiction lives on.