Canadian research suggest that for heroin addiction treatment, injections with heroin as active ingredient work effective than oral methadone.
But, researchers warned that such kind of treatment carries a risk of seizures and overdose. So, it is recommended that the injections should only be given in a specialized medical setting.
Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes of the University of British Columbia and colleagues reports that oral methadone provided according to best practice guidelines should remain as treatment of choice for patients. When it doesn’t work, heroin injections appears to be an effective option.
Oviedo-Joekes and colleagues studied 226 addicts in Montreal and Vancouver. Only 54 percent of those who got methadone stayed in treatment for a year, they found.
But 88 percent of those who got diacetylmorphine shots did. And those who got diacetylmorphine cut back on illicit drugs by 67 percent, compared to 48 percent who got methadone.
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