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Here to Help(TM): Unique Program Combines Direct Personal Assistance With Web-Based Resources to Improve Opioid Dependence Treatment Outcomes
Date:5/18/2009

ptions. In addition to the new www.HereToHelpProgram.com website, other educational materials on opioid dependence are available online at www.turntohelp.com, also provided by Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals.

About SUBOXONE(R) Treatment for Opioid Dependence

SUBOXONE(R) (buprenorphine HCl/naloxone HCl dihydrate) C-III Sublingual Tablets and SUBUTEX(R) (buprenorphine HCl) C-III Sublingual Tablets are the only FDA-approved controlled medicines that can be prescribed by doctors in their offices, under special legislation. Any qualified doctor, including family doctors, may take the training to become certified to prescribe SUBOXONE(R) and SUBUTEX(R). Treatment with buprenorphine is attractive to many patients because of the privacy and convenience that office-based treatment offers.

Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which allows it to be used to treat opioid dependence for two critical reasons. First, it acts on the brain in a way similar to full opioid agonists (e.g., prescription opioid painkillers, heroin or methadone) to retain patients in treatment and reduce opioid use by largely or entirely prevent cravings and withdrawal. Second, because it is a partial opioid agonist, it does not stimulate the same level of opioid-induced brain activity as full agonists do, and thus does not produce the maximal euphoric effect of a full opioid agonist. Undistracted by the physical aspects of the disease, patients typically are able to focus on other aspects of their lives and, with appropriate psychosocial support, begin taking whatever steps are needed to rebuild their lives. SUBOXONE(R) in conjunction with psychosocial support can improve treatment outcomes for opioid dependent patients.

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