Saturday, June 03, 2006

BUPRENORPHINE - get facts straight

The Boston Globe on June 3 discusses rally of doctors and addicts for better buprenorphine access. Sure, it's good to see demand for greater access to treatment - in this case buprenorphine. BUT the article refers to claims that do not seem supported by evidence. For example, it states that buprenorphine "unlike methadone doesn't make patients groggy..." That buprenorphine "has the potential to wipe out at least 50% of the national demand for heroin." Further, the article is not all good news for buprenorphine: it notes that "the US Justice Dept reports a black market" for buprenorphine. Ultimately, misinformation and unsupported claims will be counter-productive of the stated aim of buprenorphine advocates - to increase treatment availability.

3 Comments:

At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Liv said...

Thanks for the informative post. Looking for alcohol treatment can be really hard but, there are resources out there to help you.

 
At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Bobby House said...

This post was extremely informative. When I was looking for a crisis intervention in my area I knew that there was help close by.

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Tina said...

Do you need info on an outpatient rehab? Then articles like this one can really help you out. Thanks for posting.

 

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