A case of drug abuse

  • Matteo Pacini Psichiatra,Istituto di Scienze del Comportamento G. De Lisio.Universit√† di Pisa
Keywords: Heroin, Drug abuse, Methadone

Abstract

Methadone maintenance is one of the well-known harm reduction strategies for public health intervention in heroin addiction. The significance of methadone treatment in preventing needle sharing, which in turn reduces the risk of HIV and HCV transmission among injectors, has been demonstrated. Methadone maintenance is also considered gathering site where heroin addicts can effectively acquire knowledge on harm reduction and drug rehabilitation. We report a case of a 34-years-old patient with a history of heroin abuse. Therapy with methadone was essential for an adequate management of the case. The article describe difficulties and complexities of heroin abuse management and the therapeutic role of methadone.
Published
2008-09-15
Section
Case report
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