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Hospital of Central Connecticut Offers Medication to Treat Opioid Addiction

New Britain [November 19 2008] - For patients with opioid addictions, The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Outpatient Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services is offering an alternative to methadone that can be administered in a physician’s office once weekly.

Buprenorphine, the main ingredient in Suboxone® and Subutex®, is for many patients as effective as methadone, traditionally used to treat addiction to heroin and other opioids.
But methadone must be taken once daily and is usually distributed via special clinics or centers. Buprenorphine is taken once weekly and can be given in a physician’s office.

“Buprenorphine has been proven effective in many patients, particularly those who have been addicted to opioids five to six years or less,” says David Borzellino, the hospital’s administrative director of Outpatient Behavioral Health. “It’s also a more convenient option for many patients, because they can schedule an appointment to receive the medication, vs. having to visit a clinic.”

Buprenorphine treatment usually takes two years, depending on the patient. The drug is designed to reduce cravings for opioids and suppress withdrawal symptoms.

For information on buprenorphine and other hospital substance abuse services, call the Substance Abuse Program, 224-9985.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366

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