Injectable Hydromorphone May Be An Alternative Treatment For Chronic Heroin Addiction
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Oviedo-Joekes: Diacetylmorphine is the active ingredient in heroin. Medically prescribed diacetylmorphine has shown greater effectiveness than methadone alone for the treatment of patients with long term opioid dependence who are not benefitting from available treatments (i.e., they continue injecting in the street daily for many years). Medically prescribed diacetylmorphine is being used in a small number of countries in Europe but is unlikely to be accepted in many countries around the world, including Canada and the US. SALOME is the world’s first study to examine the effectiveness of hydromorphone, a licensed, legal pain medication, as an alternative treatment to diacetylmorphine for chronic heroin addiction.
Angela White, St. Paul's Hospital Volunteer