Vivitrol Treatment for Opioid-addicted Criminal Justice Offenders

April 14th, 2016

vivitrolDr. Jana Burson takes a closer look at a March 31, 2016 article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, titled “Extended-release Naltrexone to Prevent Opioid Relapse in Criminal Justice Offenders.” This article described a study of 308 subjects, done by Lee et al., at five sites in the Northeast and showed that extended-release naltrexone by injection helped people addicted to opioids refrain from using opioids for much longer, and helped them have fewer days of opioid use. However, once the medication was stopped, the rate of drug use for these subjects was the same as treatment as usual group.

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