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Methadone versus subutex: Recovering heroin users views on substitute prescribing

Methadone versus subutex: Recovering heroin users views on substitute prescribing

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    Lucie James and David Clark

    Opioid dependence can be classed as a chronic and relapsing disorder, and develops due to the repeated administration of opioids such as heroin (Dole, 1988; McLellan et al, 2000). Due to this repeated exposure to opioids, profound
    neurobiological changes occur, which are best treated with behavioural interventions
    combined with pharmacotherapy such as methadone or buprenorphine (subutex ®) (Ball and Ross, 1991; O’Connor and Fiellin, 2000; Sees et al, 2000). The prevalence of heroin use in Britain is extremely difficult to determine due to the nature of the drug, and the stigma surrounding heroin dependency