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Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorders in Special Populations 

Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorders in Special Populations
Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorders in Special Populations

Tricia E. Wright

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date: 28 June 2022

Three populations are most at risk for opioid use disorder: adolescents, pregnant women, and those with comorbid psychological or psychiatric disorders. Opioid use disorders present throughout the life course of an individual, often developing during adolescence. For women, these disorders commonly occur during peak childbearing years. In addition, the twin vulnerabilities of genetics and adverse childhood events often interact to impart a greater chance for co-occurring psychiatric conditions. Caring for the pregnant woman, the adolescent, or the person with a co-occurring mental disorder presents special challenges. This chapter focuses on special considerations when treating opioid use disorders in these populations.

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