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Using Buprenorphine in Opioid Treatment Programs.

Presented at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) annual meeting, April 2006.

Allan J. Cohen (Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment, Inc., PR Node)

This presentation provides a detailed introduction to the use of buprenorphine (Subutex) and buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) in the treatment of opioid dependence. The presenter, Allan J. Cohen, is the director of one of the community treatment programs (CTPs) involved in the new CTN platform study, NIDA-CTN-0027, "Starting Treatment with Agonist Replacement Therapies (START)," a project that will compare the physical effects of buprenorphine with methadone. In this presentation, Cohen describes in detail the various phases of buprenorphine treatment for opioid dependence and describes Subutex/Suboxone as safe, well-tolerated, effective, and clinically flexible medications with low abuse potential that can be used for maintenance or medically supervised withdrawal. Buprenorphine is also easily integrated into diverse settings (outpatient treatment, offices, hospitals, residential treatment, etc.), and has the potential for enhancing management of special populations. Cohen continues by briefly comparing buprenorphine with methadone and LAAM, and discussing training/education and cost issues related to the prescribing of Subutex and Suboxone. (Presentation, PowerPoint slides, English, 2006)

Keywords: Buprenorphine | Buprenorphine/Naloxone | Clinician information | Community health services | CTN platform/ancillary study | Opioid dependence | Pharmacological therapy | Suboxone | Subutex | American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) annual meeting, 2006

Document No: 117

Submitted by Allan J. Cohen, MA, MFT, Director, Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment, Inc. (PR Node), 6/13/2006.

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