Naltrexone for heroin addiction: Encouraging results from Italy

F. Schifano, R. Marra

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This report provides preliminary data regarding compliance rates of naltrexone (NTX) treatment for 99 consecutive heroin addicts. NTX was administered orally after a 3-13-day drug induction period. Fifteen out of the 99 patients who underwent naloxone challenges are still being treated (having taken NTX for less than 6 months to date). Of the 52 patients who completed the drug induction period, 22 (41.31%) showed satisfactory results (in terms of treatment complicance and/or opiate-free conditions at 6-month follow-up). The 52 patients who properly started regular NTX assumption stayed the treatment for a mean 17.04 ± 8.2 weeks. These results would demonstrate a higher than average success with NTX treatment of randomly selected heroin addicts with respect to the literature and would seem related to particularly favorable socio-cultural conditions in northern Italy (where the study was carried out).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-146
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Therapy and Toxicology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 1990
Externally publishedYes


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