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Aboriginal People Less Likely to Use Methadone Therapy

by Medindia Content Team on  July 6, 2007 at 2:51 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
Aboriginal People Less Likely to Use Methadone Therapy
A new research from British Columbia found that aboriginal people who use heroin are less likely than their non-Aboriginal counterparts to use methadone maintenance therapy for treatment of their addiction.
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Dr. Evan Wood and colleagues evaluated factors associated with use of methadone maintenance therapy among 1603 injection drug users from May 1996 to November 2005. At enrolment, 12.4% of Aboriginal participants used methadone, compared with 21.2% of non-Aboriginal participants. Among heroin users, Aboriginal people were less likely than non-Aboriginal people to use methadone throughout the follow-up period.

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Previous studies have shown elevated rates of health-related harms, such as HIV/AIDS, among Aboriginal people who use injection drugs such as heroin. Methadone therapy is recognized as one of the most effective options for treating heroin addiction.

Source: Eurekalert
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