Posts Tagged ‘Heroin’
According to a recent debate published in the esteemed British Medical Journal, some Canadian addiction specialists are arguing in favor of a controversial opioid maintenance treatment that prescribes heroin to heroin addicts.
Opioid maintenance programs treat opioid dependence by replacing the abused opioid with another, different opioid. Traditionally, these addicts have turned to methadone maintenance for treatment or, more recently, Suboxone to help them get off the likes of heroin or OxyContin, for example.
Trials in Europe have shown that the idea of using heroin for heroin addicts is both feasible and effective for some. But critics argue that “prescribing heroin to heroin addicts is treating the effects of misuse, not the addiction.” There are also concerns that doctors prescribing heroin will be under immense pressure to prescribe more and more of the drug.
Additionally, the heroin prescribed by doctors would presumably be pharmaceutical grade, and therefore highly sought after on the black market.
Source: Science Daily
Date: Jan. 11, 2008
According to an article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette News, Suboxone (buprenorphine)—widely regarded as one of the best treatment options for opioid dependent addicts—has started showing up with increasing frequency on the illicit drug market. The piece notes a recent three-part series on the issue that appeared in the Baltimore Sun.
The availability of “bupe”, as it is termed on the streets, is arising from people to whom Suboxone has been prescribed who then turn and sell it on the streets to raise money to buy heroin. However, the minimal ‘high’ it creates, coupled with steep prices, suggest it won’t have wide black market appeal.
Despite the growing problems, Suboxone “remains one of the best means available to help conquer addiction.”
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette News
Date: Jan. 8, 2008