Overview on opioids: Emerging maintenance therapies for opioid dependence

Charlotte Wood, Ross McKinnon

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    Abstract

    The treatment objectives for opioid dependence are dependent on the pursued goals, namely crisis intervention,abstinence-oriented treatment (detoxification and relapse prevention) or opioid maintenance treatment. Given thechronic relapsing nature of opioid dependence and the generally disappointing results with abstinenceapproaches, opioid-based maintenance therapy is considered the mainstay of treatment programs, demonstratingthe most favourable long-term treatment outcomes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17-19
    Number of pages3
    JournalPharmacy News
    Issue number6 DEC
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2007

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