Heroin

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This document from NIDA discusses how heroin is abused, how it affects the brain, and adverse affects it has on health. Treatment options are also discussed, with information on methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.
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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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This research report from NIDA - written in Spanish - 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 abstract discusses a study done on the feasibility of an unobserved buprenorphine induction protocol. The study involved 103 patients who were heroin users and prescription opioid misusers, and discusses safety and rates of complications from induction through follow-up.
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Journal of General Internal Medicine
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This 2007 article study examined the quality of life of heroin-dependent patients being treated with methadone vs. heroin-dependent patients being treated with buprenorphine.
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American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
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This 2003 study found that buprenorphine and methadone were equally as effective in heroin-dependent patients; however, treatment retention was lower for buprenrophine.
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Addiction
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Heroin is a short-acting opioid. Patients who are dependent on heroin should abstain from use for 4-24 hours before the first dose of buprenorphine in order to prevent precipitated withdrawal.

Patients who are dependent on heroin (especially intravenous heroin users) often have other associated health issues.

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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 website offers comprehensive guidelines for treating patients who have substance use disorders.
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American Psychiatric Association (APA), 2006
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Description: 
This research report from NIDA - written in Spanish - 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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Description: 
This document from NIDA discusses how heroin is abused, how it affects the brain, and adverse affects it has on health. Treatment options are also discussed, with information on methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.
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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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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 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 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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