SALOME Study: Treatment for Heroin Addiction (2/2)

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"The North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) focused on people with chronic heroin addiction who have not benefited in the past from treatments such as Methadone. The NAOMI Study looked at whether these individuals would benefit from medically prescribed Heroin given under clinically-supervised conditions. The result of the Study showed that medically prescribed heroin is a safe, effective option that leads to increased retention in treatment, better clinical outcomes, less criminal activity, and better health.

The SALOME Study will test whether hydromorphone (Dilaudid®), a licensed medication, is as good as diacetylmorphine, the active ingredient of heroin, in benefiting people suffering from chronic heroin addiction who are not benefiting from other treatments.

The SALOME Study will not only provide important academic information relating to heroin addiction, but it will also bring people into contact with Health Care workers for the very first time.

For more information about the SALOME Study, please visit:

http://www.providencehealthcare.ca/salome/"

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