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Another buprenorphine retention finding

There has been a lot of discussion about the use of buprenorphine to treat addiction and prevent overdose. I’ve pointed out that weak retention rates weaken this rationale. One common response is that the treatment system and recovering community reinforce stigma … Continue reading

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Buprenorphine: Being out of treatment increases risk of death nearly 30-fold

The title of this post is taken directly from a press release for a recently published study. Here’s the summary: Buprenorphine reduces mortality for those with opioid use disorder, but periods off treatment are associated with much higher mortality rates. … Continue reading

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New buprenorphine study – more disappointing outcomes

So . . . congress recently passed $1,000,000,000 to address the opioid crisis. Much of that money is expected to be spent on medication assisted treatment. Buprenorphine has been the most frequently touted form of medication assisted treatment. I’ve reviewed … Continue reading

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What’s with all of the posts about methadone and buprenorphine?

I’ve been doing a lot of posts on methadone and buprenorphine lately. It’s not that I think they are evil and should be banned. It’s just that, if your knowledge was limited to what’s in media reports, you’d believe that medications like … Continue reading

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Mortality for methadone vs. buprenorphine

I recently stumbled on this article about methadone treatment in Oregon. I’d say the article is positive about maintenance drugs, but these sentences lept out at me. Opiate addicts who entered methadone programs were nearly five times more likely to … Continue reading

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Buprenorphine Outpatient Outcomes Project

I recently came across this 2014 study of 220 buprenorphine patients. I mentioned it in another post and noted this sentence from the conclusion as underwhelming, “The number of legal charges for drug possession decreased from 70 to 62.” Turns … Continue reading

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Another buprenorphine study with poor outcomes for young patients

  A recent study looks at buprenorphine retention and frames young adult retention as a problem. Emerging adults (18-25 years old) are often poorly retained in substance use disorder treatment. Office-based buprenorphine often enhances treatment retention among people with opioid … Continue reading

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Buprenorphine Overseas

“The history of the treatment of narcotic withdrawal is a long and dishonorable one. The trail is strewn with cures enthusiastically received and then quietly discarded when they turned out to be relatively ineffective or even worse, productive of greater … Continue reading

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Pediatric use of buprenorphine

Drugfree.org has a piece advocating more use of buprenorphine with children. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence is a science-based and proven-effective option for teens and young adults. It should be administered with age appropriate psychosocial therapy and drug testing. … Continue reading

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Buprenorphine compliance rates

The following abstract popped up today. The purpose of the study was to look at factors associated with completion of the 6 month, primary care based program. What struck me was the completion rate–35.7%. For all the crowing about ORT, … Continue reading

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