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Feasibility of buprenorphine maintenance therapy programs in the Ukraine: First promising treatment outcomes


Schaub, Michael P; Subata, E; Chtenguelov, V; Weiler, G; Uchtenhagen, Ambros (2009). Feasibility of buprenorphine maintenance therapy programs in the Ukraine: First promising treatment outcomes. European Addiction Research, 15(3):157-162.

Abstract

Background: Opiate substitution therapy (OST) in the Ukraine was not provided until 2004. As part of the introduction of OST, the first feasibility study was conducted in 2007. Six clinics in 6 cities were involved in providing OST and collecting data. Methods: A total of 151 opiate-dependent patients were given buprenorphine as a substitute, and a survey of substance use, HIV transmission risks, and legal and social status was conducted at baseline and at 6 and 12-month follow-up. Results: Illegal substance use and illegal activities and incomes were highly reduced, whereas employment rates and psychiatric problems improved. Retention was comparatively high (79.5%) after 12 months. No significant adverse events were reported. Conclusion: A successful implementation of OST in the Ukraine is feasible.

Background: Opiate substitution therapy (OST) in the Ukraine was not provided until 2004. As part of the introduction of OST, the first feasibility study was conducted in 2007. Six clinics in 6 cities were involved in providing OST and collecting data. Methods: A total of 151 opiate-dependent patients were given buprenorphine as a substitute, and a survey of substance use, HIV transmission risks, and legal and social status was conducted at baseline and at 6 and 12-month follow-up. Results: Illegal substance use and illegal activities and incomes were highly reduced, whereas employment rates and psychiatric problems improved. Retention was comparatively high (79.5%) after 12 months. No significant adverse events were reported. Conclusion: A successful implementation of OST in the Ukraine is feasible.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:7 May 2009
Deposited On:12 May 2009 14:27
Last Modified:05 Jul 2016 10:49
Publisher:Karger
ISSN:1022-6877
Publisher DOI:10.1159/000217586
Related URLs:http://www.karger.com/ear (Publisher)
PubMed ID:19420948
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-18634

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