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Inquiries about and initiation of buprenorphine treatment in an inner-city clinic

TitleInquiries about and initiation of buprenorphine treatment in an inner-city clinic
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsCunningham, CO, Giovanniello, A, Sacajiu, G, Li, X, Brisbane, M, Sohler, NL
JournalSubstance AbuseSubstance Abuse
Volume30
Pagination261-262
ISBN Number0889-7077
KeywordsAdult, Blacks, Buprenorphine -- Therapeutic Use, Community Health Centers -- New York, Demography, Female, Funding Source, Health Services Needs and Demand, Hispanics, Human, Male, Narcotics, New York, Substance Use Disorders -- Therapy, Urban Areas
AbstractDespite increases in opioid dependence, availability of buprenorphine treatment remains limited. Reasons may include health center concerns about becoming overwhelmed or attracting patients who differ from the local community. This study documents inquiries about and initiation of buprenorphine treatment in an inner-city health center. From 2006-2008, we collected demographic information and subsequent treatment data for everyone who inquired about treatment. Of the 324 people who inquired, 55.6% initiated treatment. The number of inquiries increased gradually over time, and most came from local community residents (80.4%). These results may allay health center concerns, and can help planning for buprenorphine treatment.
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