HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Prescription opioids the predominant choice among illicit opioid users

For almost a century, heroin addiction has been a core element of the illicit drug use problem in Canada. Recently, however, isolated reports have pointed to substantial increases in prescription opioid abuse.

To determine the impact on usage patterns among street drug users, Fischer and colleagues analyzed data from the OPICAN study (a multisite study of drug use patterns among illicit opioid users across Canada). They found that heroin use has become an increasingly marginal form of drug use and that, instead, use of prescription opioids is now the predominant form of illicit opioid use.

The authors discuss several crucial implications of these changes in usage patterns, including the fact that prescription opioids used by street drug users are obtained directly or indirectly (e.g., through friends or partners) from sources in the medical system. They suggest that adjustments may be required to opioid addiction treatment programs.

In a related commentary, Wainberg discusses the implications of this study and the need for enhancement of detoxification programs.


'"/>

Contact: Dr. Benedikt Fischer
416-946-5792
Canadian Medical Association Journal
20-Nov-2006


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. How to market diet pills: Prescription and over-the-counter pills may increase unhealthy behavior
2. Prescriptions for health advice online
3. Prescription pain killers involved in more drug overdose deaths than cocaine or heroin in the US
4. Prescription flip-side: Guidelines for medication withdrawal
5. Prescriptions for headache almost twice as likely in middle aged women as men of same age
6. Prescription painkillers effective in patients with dormant inflammatory bowel disease
7. Prescription drug coverage: An essential service or fringe benefit?
8. Prescription drugs can interact with a variety of foods
9. Prescription of heroin is less costly for society
10. Fentanyl patch safe and effective alternative to oral opioids for pediatric pain patients
11. A drugs brand name skews patient treatment choices

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/16/2019)... ... February 15, 2019 , ... The ... newest accreditation program, which will bring the benefits of national accreditation to the ... The new Vital Records and Health Statistics Accreditation Program adds to ...
(Date:2/14/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... February 14, 2019 , ... ... QT Medical announced the launch of its Personal Cardiac Assistant (PCA 500), the ... trackers including Apple Watch 4 can record single lead ECGs and identify arrhythmias, ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... , ... February 14, 2019 , ... At this year’s ... entrepreneurs leapt to their feet and cheered as it was announced that the company ... course of the last few years, the company has optimized its revolutionary “Shopping Annuity” ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... ... February 13, 2019 , ... Following the longest federal ... the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is warning that such shutdowns exacerbate ... and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers. , “Even in typical circumstances, safety may ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... ... February 13, 2019 , ... ... the company’s annual member conference, Elevate 2019 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & ... members to explore potential partnerships driving improved quality of patient care, reduced costs ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/14/2019)... ... February 14, 2019 , ... San Juan ... Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes that Dr. Peterson has achieved a high ... to exemplary care for men suffering from symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... ... 13, 2019 , ... Swinerton is closing in on the opening of the ... designed by Little Diversified Architectural Consulting out of Charlotte, NC. This $108 million project ... Health’s six current locations in Roseville into a single campus at One Adventist Health ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... ... 2019 , ... IMAT Solutions, a leader in delivering innovative, ... its latest health data platform, at HIMSS 2019. , With enhanced data redundancy ... builder, IMAT 8.0 allows HIEs, payers, hospitals, clinics, and ACOs to maximize their ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: