Substitution ‘best kept secret’

New US research shows that over 14 weeks, patients on buprenorphine maintenance therapy fared much better than those who gradually detoxed.

Using buprenorphine maintenance therapy, the prescription opioid-dependent patients were able to kick illicit opioid use and remain in treatment for longer, the study showed.

Dr William Huang, a Sydney GP and addiction medicine specialist, is calling for more GPs to be able to prescribe the drug, which is “a very effective and safe therapy for opioid dependency”.

In general practice as well as the specialist clinic, Dr Huang