Long-Term Detox Drug Is Best To Help Young Drug Addicts

November 5, 2008

A new study has found that the long-term use of detox drugs may be best to help young people addicted to opioid drugs..........Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has found that the long-term use of detox drugs may be best to help young people addicted to opioid drugs.

These drugs consist of thing such as strong prescription painkillers, Oxycontin, etc.

Researchers were led by Dr. George Woody of the University of Pennsylvania and focused on 152 young people who were addicted to opioids.

They were all between the age of 15 and 21 and were followed for a 12-week period.

They had one group take the detox drug Suboxone for a period of 9 weeks, and then take then off by week 12.

The second group took the drugs in a lower dose for only two weeks.

They then did urine tests on the patients, and found that 23% of those on the long-term detox plan had positive tests.  This compared to the 54% recorded in the short-term group.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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