July 24, 2014

Heroin use best treated with inpatient and outpatient programs

Researchers at Boston Medical Center have found that hospitalized heroin users who receive both inpatient and outpatient therapy are more successful at staying away from the drug after they are discharged.

In a study of 139 patients, 37 percent of those that had access to both services reported no illicit drug use in the month after their discharge, whereas only 9 percent of patients that received only inpatient treatment avoided using.

The lead researcher on the study said in a news release (LINK: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/busm/2014/07/03/treat-patients-with-addiction-during-and-after-hospitalization/) that there needs to be more focus on referring patients to outpatient treatment centers following hospitalization.

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