Opioid Agonist Treatment for Pharmaceutical Opioid Dependent People
Description of Resource:
With the increased use of pharmaceutical opioids, dependence on them has also increased. Most treatment options are based on research conducted with people dependent on heroin and not on other types of opioids. This systematic review aimed to assess the effects of different treatments for pharmaceutical opioid dependence. It identified 6 randomized controlled trials involving 607 participants. It found that methadone and buprenorphine appeared equally effective. Treatment with buprenorphine appeared more effective than detoxification or psychological treatments. Due to the overall low to moderate quality of the evidence, further research is needed.