Naltrexone Pellets to Treat Opioid Addiction

A Massachusetts group calling themselves EDAN (End Drug Abuse Now) has teamed up with another group and a drug addiction specialist in order to get the word out on a new treatment being considered for opioid-dependent patients.

The new type of treatment involves the opioid antagonist Naltrexone in pellet form that is inserted into patients in an effort to stem the opioid cravings and help to prevent relapse. The drug also blocks the ability to get high from other opioids.

At the moment only a handful of Physicians in the US are trained to perform the implant surgery, and although the Naltrexone has been approved in pill form since the 1970s, the pellet is currently being monitored by the FDA.

Source: My Record Journal
Date: Jan. 30, 2008

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