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Implants help heroin addicts kick habit

Installing slow-release drug under skin enables some abusers to get through withdrawal

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4:17pm, October 12, 2010


People addicted to heroin or prescription opiates might have a hands-free device for getting through the rigors of drug withdrawal. The medication buprenorphine implanted under the skin and released over 24 weeks can ease drug cravings and helps some patients stay clean, researchers report in the Oct. 13 Journal of the American Medical Association.

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