A Possible Option in Opioid-Related Harm Reduction
The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, Volume 8, Number 5, July 2020
Greg Sazima, MD
Dr. Sazima has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Medications are the mainstay of treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), but what if patients decline buprenorphine, injectable naltrexone, and methadone? In this randomized trial, authors compared hydromorphone (Dilaudid) with diacetylmorphine (the active ingredient in heroin) among patients who reported injecting heroin.