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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Treatment in doctors' offices works for opioid addiction, CHA study finds
People addicted to opioids such as methadone or oxycodone can be treated in their primary care doctor's office as safely and effectively as at specialized clinics, authors from Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School report in the Annals of Family Medicine.
Dr. Ira L. Mintzer and his colleagues studied 99 patients who received the drug buprenorphine-naloxone to treat their opioid dependence at two urban primary care practices: one in a hospital clinic and the other in a neighborhood health center. After six months 54 percent of patients were sober.
Where the patients received their treatment made no significant difference in sobriety, the authors said.
"We hope that our findings will encourage other primary care physicians to consider providing this efficacious form of care," they wrote.