What We Can Learn about Addiction
London, Robert T., Clinical Psychiatry News
Recently I attended a continuing medical education program at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.
The program focused on the use of the partial opioid agonist buprenorphine for treating opioid dependence in an office practice. Our focus was on a formulation called Suboxone, which combines buprenorphine and naloxone. Suboxone is the preferred formulation of buprenorphine for maintenance treatment.
My special interest in the treatment of addiction has focused on tobacco smoking, which I believe is our greatest health hazard ("A Twist on Dual Diagnosis," CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY NEWS, January 2005, p. 30). So I was fascinated to learn about some of the progress we have made in treating opioid dependence.
The use of medication for addiction treatment is not new. For example, disulfiram (Antabuse), bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban), nicotine patches, and nicotine gum all have their place in addiction medicine. …
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Publication information: Article title: What We Can Learn about Addiction. Contributors: London, Robert T. - Author. Magazine title: Clinical Psychiatry News. Volume: 33. Issue: 5 Publication date: May 2005. Page number: 62. © 2009 International Medical News Group. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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