Opioid Painkiller May Be New Treatment for Heroin Addicts

Hydromorphone — an opioid painkiller — may be another treatment option for heroin addiction, a new Canadian study suggests.

The research included more than 200 heroin addicts in Vancouver. They hadn't responded to commonly used treatments such as methadone or suboxone. This was the first study to assess the effectiveness of hydromorphone in treating heroin addiction, the researchers noted.

“Providing injectable opioids in specialized clinics under supervision ensures safety of both the patients and the community, and the provision of comprehensive care,” lead investigator Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, from the University of British Columbia, said in a school news release.

Robert Preidt reports

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