What medications are available for withdrawing a heroin addicted victim safely?What are the possible ways of withdrawing someone addicted in heroin use safely so they don't develop more symptoms or...

What medications are available for withdrawing a heroin addicted victim safely?

What are the possible ways of withdrawing someone addicted in heroin use safely so they don't develop more symptoms or get less negegative affect from the withdrawal?

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The two traditional methods of treating heroin addiction involved the use of methadone and buprenorphine.  Both these drugs lessened the violent physical withdrawal symptoms as heroin addicts slowly trie to acclimate their bodies to life without heroin as a part of their daily regimen.  Another treatment that has had success in Europe is the heroin assisted treatment.  This is a treatment that monitors the lessened administration of a dose of heroin to opiate addicts.  This treatment has been used in the failure of methadone or buprenorphine methods, and has met with some success in Europe.  The United States does not recommend the heroin assisted treatment program, as it represents government assisted drug use.  Statistic show however, this method has superior results in several areas, such as delinquency, incarceration, and cutting costs associated with trials.  Methadone and buprenorphine may also be used to supplement the heroin assisted treatment program.

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