What Are the Usual Drugs That Can Treat Heroin Addiction?

Question by billie s: What are the usual drugs that can treat heroin addiction?
I’ve always thought that it was just therapy, counseling, and rehabilitation that’s used to treat addictions. But recently I found out that others are given medication as well. I was just wondering what these drugs are.

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Answer by brooke d.
Methadone is the most widely used treatment for heroin addiction. It’s a synthetic opiate medication that blocks the effects of heroin and has been proven to be successful in treating heroin addicts. Other medications used are naloxone (used for cases of overdose), naltrexone, and buprenorphine. There are also other drugs that are undergoing study to determine if they would be effective in treating heroin addiction.

Answer by freakynurse
They mostly use methadone to treat heroine addicts. Methadone is addictive too but not as dangerous as heroine

This drug could make a huge dent in heroin addiction. So why isn't it used more?
The first widely-used medication was methadone, which is a full opioid agonist. Buprenorphine, a partial agonist, has been around for a long time. It's been recognized as a potential treatment for the last several decades. The Drug Abuse Treatment Act …
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Methadone reducing drug use in India
"Currently, five centres across India are offering methadone maintenance treatment. When the methadone treatment was used as a pilot project, it was found to be more effective with results of reduced drug use, injecting episodes and criminal behaviour …
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