New Heroin Treatment Called Biggest Gain In Years

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http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/diseases/articles/2003/08/12/new_treatment_offers_hope_for_heroin_addicts Heroin use has reached epidemic levels nationally and in Massachusetts, where deaths from the drug and related narcotics rose nearly fourfold in the 1990s, the Boston Globe reports. Recently, Boston addicts began taking the newest treatment, a medication called buprenorphine. Unlike methadone, it can be given in a family doctor's office or even taken at home, and it is both safer and less likely to prove addictive. Buprenorphine, which became available . . .

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