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Office-Based Medical Treatment and Internet Resources Are Potential Solution to Rising Painkiller Misuse Among Teens, Young Adults
Date:9/12/2007

g people from all walks of life, ages, and gender. Parents, families and friends need to discuss with teens and young adults the ramifications that opioid dependence can have on their lives," continued Dr. Menestrina. "Given the rising prevalence of opioid painkiller misuse demonstrated by SAMHSA's data, I would urge every doctor, especially the family doctors who are on the front line of healthcare delivery, to screen their patients for this chronic brain disease and to become certified to treat those who are opioid dependent with Suboxone(R), an FDA-approved medication that allows treatment in a physician's office. This office-based treatment allows opioid dependence to be medically managed with the same privacy and patient confidentiality that we accord any other serious medical condition."

Resources for Opioid Dependence and Its Treatment

Individuals who need more information about opioid dependence and its treatment, either for themselves or for someone they are concerned about, have several options.

Visit TurnToHelp.com or call 1-866-455-TURN for a free educational Resource kit on opioid dependence and the treatments that are available for it, both provided by Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The Addiction411 page on MySpace offers direct access to information about this increasingly prevalent disease and practical guidance on how to find treatment for opioid dependence. Visit http://www.myspace.com/addiction411 if you or someone you know would like to access Addiction411.

NAABT, a non-profit patient advocacy group -- National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment -- is dedicated to helping educate the public on opioid dependence and treatment in a private doctor's office. NAABT offers a confidential nationwide matching service to pair individuals seeking buprenorphine treatment with available area physicians; visit '/>"/>

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