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  • A 50-Year-Old Woman Addicted to Heroin Review of Treatment of Heroin Addiction

    Posted on July 3rd, 2009 TimB No comments

    Heroin addiction is a complicated medical and psychiatric issue, with well-established as well as newer modes
    of treatment. The case of Ms W, a 50-year-old woman with a long history of opiate addiction who has been
    treated successfully with methadone for 9 years and who now would like to consider newer alternatives, illustrates
    the complex issues of heroin addiction. The treatment of heroin addiction as a chronic disease is reviewed,
    including social, medical, and cultural issues and pharmacologic treatment with methadone and the more
    experimental medication options of buprenorphine and naltrexone.

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