Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Bup/Nx) Facilitated Rehabilitation for Heroin Addicted Adolescents/Young Adults
The usual treatment for opioid-addicted youth is detoxification and counseling. Some treatment providers are reluctant to use opioid agonist medications in this population, especially for long-term opioid maintenance. This study compared Bup/Nx treatment for 9 weeks and taper for 3 weeks to treatment as usual (Bup/Nx detox for 2 weeks). Both arms received counseling for 12 weeks.
Woody, G., et al. (2008). Extended vs. short-term buprenorphine-naloxone for treatment of opioid-addicted youth: a randomized trial. Journal of the American Medical Association 300(17):2057-2059.