Clonidine Abuse Among Opiate Addicts

Clonidine Abuse Among Opiate Addicts Objective: To determine if clonidine abuse among non-pregnant opiate dependent individuals is common and the reason for such use. Method: Self report of personal use or knowledge of others' use of this drug. Results: Fourteen of fifteen treatment seeking individuals with opiate dependence knew of clonidine abuse. Ten had used it personally to decrease the amount of heroin necessary to achieve a desired effect and to prolong the length of the opiate's action. Conclusion: clonidine abuse among opiate addicts may be more common than previous studies have suggested. Opiate addicts should be screened for abuse of this substance, especially in view of its widespread use for the purpose of opiate withdrawal. Further, such patients should be warned of potential health hazards attendant upon clonidine use and abrupt cessation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Clonidine Abuse Among Opiate Addicts

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 by Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1010375727768
Publisher site
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Abstract

Objective: To determine if clonidine abuse among non-pregnant opiate dependent individuals is common and the reason for such use. Method: Self report of personal use or knowledge of others' use of this drug. Results: Fourteen of fifteen treatment seeking individuals with opiate dependence knew of clonidine abuse. Ten had used it personally to decrease the amount of heroin necessary to achieve a desired effect and to prolong the length of the opiate's action. Conclusion: clonidine abuse among opiate addicts may be more common than previous studies have suggested. Opiate addicts should be screened for abuse of this substance, especially in view of its widespread use for the purpose of opiate withdrawal. Further, such patients should be warned of potential health hazards attendant upon clonidine use and abrupt cessation.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 3, 2004

References

  • Clonidine use and abuse among methadone program applicants and patients
    Beuger, M; Tommasello, A; Schwartz, R

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