Discontinuation

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This journal article compares the effectiveness of detoxification vs. continuing buprenorphine-naloxone therapy for treating opioid-addicted adolescents. The study followed 152 patients between the ages of 15 and 21 who were randomly selected to receive either a 12-week buprenorphone-naloxone program, or a 14-day taper.
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The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
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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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Information on the dose-reduction phase, or taper from buprenorphine. Discusses long, moderate, and short-period reductions, and the potential benefits and downfalls of each.
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suboxoneassistedtreatment.org
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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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