For opiate dependence
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In 2009, 7 million Americans reported current (past month) nonmedical use of prescription drugs—more than the number using cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants combined. Perhaps even more disturbing, approximately 2.2 million Americans used pain relievers non-medically for the first time in 2009 (initiates of marijuana use were 2.4 million). The recreational use of prescription opioids is sharply rising nationwide, a trend that shows no sign of stopping.
Opioids are analgesic medications prescribed to relieve pain. Their brand names include Oxycontin, Vicodin, Demerol, and Percoset. Synthetic opioids bind to the same receptors in the brain that heroin does and, similarly, can cause physical and psychological withdrawal effects.
Online resource: a Glossary of Terms related to opioid addiction and medication-assisted treatment.
The rise in prescription drug abuse has coincided with the rise in pharmacological treatments of opioid dependence. Traditionally, methadone maintenance has been the only option for opioid dependence; it is joined now by buprenorphine and naltrexone.
IRETA and the National SBIRT ATTC are committed to research and training to address the prescription drug epidemic and improve the quality of medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependent patients. The resources listed here provide information about opioid addiction and treatment.
Visit IRETA's Conference Materials page for video and slideshow presentations on Patient Safety in Opiate Addiction Treatment (2008), Assessing Impairment in Outpatient Methadone Treatment (2009), Improving the Quality and Outcomes of Buprenorphine Treatment(2011), and the Management of Benzodiazepines in Medication-Assisted Treatment (2012)
Visit IRETA's Free Downloads for products about MAT, including Using Medication to Support Recovery (newsletter), Recovery Focused Methadone Treatment (research brief), Recovery-Oriented Methadone Maintenance (monograph), and more.
Visit IRETA's Curricula page for trainer's manuals and participant workbooks on the topic of Effective Risk Management Strategies in Outpatient Methadone Treatment
Utilize Community Care Behavioral Health's practice guidelines, created in collaboration with IRETA: Supporting Recovery from Opioid Addiction: Best Practice Guidelines for Buprenorphine and Suboxone®