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This research report from NIDA discusses the scope of heroin use in the US, immediate and long term effects of heroin use, the medical complications of heroin use, how heroin abuse affects pregnant women, and more. It also discusses treatments for heroin addiction, including buprenorphine.
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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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This study compared the buprenorphine treatment outcomes for patients who were dependent on prescription opioids versus patients who were dependent on heroin. Based on a total of 200 patients, the study found that patients dependent on prescription opioids responded better to buprenorphine treatment.
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Journal of General Internal Medicine
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This is the web format of a special addiction program by HBO. The material covers issues such as who pays for addiction treatment, and drug treatment for adolescents.
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Home Box Office, Inc., 2007
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This checklist provides a list of the forms that must be signed, the information that should be recorded for each patient (including current medications and allergies), and tests and labs that should be drawn during the intake assessment.
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Colleen LaBelle, RN/Boston Medical Center
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This flow chart for buprenorphine treatment displays the steps to patient recovery, from initial patient contact or referral, through intake process, induction, day #2, stabilization, maintenance, and tapering.
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Colleen LaBelle, RN/Boston Medical Center
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This website provides information about the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry's training programs on buprenorphine treatment of opioid dependence.
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American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)
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This form can be used by nurses to note the areas that should be covered during a follow-up visit for patients on buprenorphine treatment.
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Colleen LaBelle, RN/Boston Medical Center
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This website gives information about nationwide training programs in opioid dependence management. The date, location, and price of each course is also provided.
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American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM)
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This form provides a list and a place to document important information that should be recorded during the intake assessment, including whether the patient is pregnant, taking other drugs, on methadone or has other addiction behaviors.
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Colleen LaBelle, RN/Boston Medical Center
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This form provides a list of possible symptoms that a patient may have during buprenorphine treatment, possible causes, and recommended management of the symptoms.
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Colleen LaBelle, RN/Boston Medical Center
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