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National Medicines Information Centre. (2002) Report to the National Advisory Committee on Drugs on "use of naloxone in the management of opiate dependence syndrome". Dublin: Stationery Office.

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This review attempts to assess the potential usefulness of naloxone as a treatment option for opiate dependency. Naloxone has been used for years as an emergency room treatment for the management of opiate overdose. It has also been used to effect rapid opiate withdrawal, however its benefits have not been compares with those from standard withdrawal regimens. A combination of buprenorphine and naloxone has recently been used and has been shown to be effective as a maintenance treatment with the naloxone reducing the risk of buprenorphine misuse. The review suggests that the data on naloxone safety and its potential uses are limited, but that preliminary results suggest that it may be useful. Further research and information are needed before its use as an emergency treatment in the community setting are needed before any such programme could be enacted.


Date:2002
Call No:REF, NACD
Pages:32 p.
Publisher:Stationery Office
Corporate Creators:National Medicines Information Centre
Place of Publication:Dublin
ISBN:0-7557-1785-6
Keywords:agonists and antagonists, AOD overdose mortality, AODD treatment, harm reduction, harm reduction policy, Ireland, naloxone, narcotic agonists and antagonists, overdose treatment, pure narcotic antagonists
Notes:Contains bibliograhic references, tables and questionnaire.
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Accession Number:HRB 2172 (Available), HRB 2171 (Available)
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Subjects:B Drugs and alcohol substances > Opioids (opiates)
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Opioids (opiates) > Opioid product > Naloxone
G Health and disease > Drugs and alcohol disorder > Drug use > Drug intoxication > Drugs and alcohol poisoning (overdose)
HJ Treatment method > Drugs and alcohol disorder treatment method > Drugs and alcohol replacement method (substitution)
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on drugs and alcohol > Harm reduction policy
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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