New Options for Addicts Wanting to Kick the Habit
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According to Bigelow, Congress has just recently enacted legislation that is expected to allow buprenorphine, which is under review by the FDA, to be dispensed by doctors outside specialized narcotic treatment programs. This could mean that individuals leery of visiting a methadone clinic may be able to seek help directly from their family doctor. For now, however, it's unclear whether the new regulations will allow addicts to begin treatment with buprenorphine, or if a preliminary period of abstinence with the help of methadone will be required before they can "graduate" to the new medication.