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Dr. Roger D. Weiss earns Hazelden's Dan Anderson Research Award
Date:3/21/2013

ld, director, Clinical and Health Services Research, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital nominated Dr. Weiss for the award, calling his paper "an example of Dr. Weiss' research career and its contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge of addiction recovery."

The multisite study produced several interesting and noteworthy results. In Phase I, wherein participants received two weeks of buprenorphine followed by a two week taper, less than 7% of participants had favorable opioid use outcomes. In contrast, 49% of Phase II participants who received 12 weeks of buprenorphine followed by a four-week taper had positive opioid use outcomes while they were taking buprenorphine. However, success rates dropped substantially during the eight weeks following the end of the buprenorphine taper. The study also found that participants receiving standard medical management did not have better outcomes than patients receiving medical management and adjunctive opioid counseling, though Weiss and colleagues state that more frequent counseling over a longer period of time may have produced more positive results. They also stated that it is currently unclear whether longer term buprenorphine treatment before initiation of the taper would have produced better outcomes. Finally, the presence of chronic pain in some participants did not affect opioid use outcomes.

"Our Scientific Panel of Advisors was extremely impressed with the scientific rigor of this study, its two phase methodology, and the fact it examined extended buprenorphine maintenance," stated Dr. Audrey Klein, director of the Butler Center for Research at the Hazelden Foundation. "His current work on the use of long-term buprenorphine is innovative, timely, and essential given the current epidemic of prescription opioid addiction and increase in deaths related to opioid overdose."

Dr. Weiss will accept the award and a $2,000 honorarium from Hazelden later this year
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Contact: Christine Anderson
canderson@hazelden.org
651-213-4231
Hazelden
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