Methadone Increases Death Risk in First Four Weeks of Treatment for Opioid Dependence

MEDICAL XPRESS (09/16) – Patients who start treatment for dependence on opioids are five times as likely to die in the first four weeks when they are prescribed the most commonly used treatment, methadone, than with an alternative treatment, buprenorphine, a study by researchers at the University of Bristol, King’s College London and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW in Australia has found. The study, published today [16 Sep] in The Lancet Psychiatry, reviewed the records of 32,033 patients who had started treatment with methadone or buprenorphine between 2001 and 2010. Read more

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