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Buprenorphine may help those addicted to heroin and cocaine

that will allow physicians to select patients who have the greatest chance of benefiting from this therapy.

  • WHAT IT MEANS: Previous research has pointed to buprenorphine's usefulness as an office-based treatment for the more than 1 million Americans addicted to opiates. According to the study's lead author, up to 75 percent of patients in methadone treatment programs for heroin addiction also abuse cocaine. This study potentially expands the drug's clinical applications to this large proportion of dually addicted people.

    Dr. Ivn D. Montoya, of NIDA's Division of Treatment Research and Development, and his colleagues published the study in the January 2004 issue of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.


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    NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse
    19-Mar-2004


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