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Contemp Clin Trials. 2010 Mar;31(2):185-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2010.01.002. Epub 2010 Jan 14.

A method to diagnose opioid dependence resulting from heroin versus prescription opioids using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview.

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  • 1McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA, United States.potterjs@uthscsa.ed

Abstract

Treatment research with opioid-dependent populations has not traditionally distinguished between those dependent on prescription opioids versus dependent upon heroin. Evidence suggests there is a substantial subpopulation of individuals with opioid dependence resulting largely or exclusively from prescription opioid use. Because this subpopulation may respond to treatment differently from heroin users, a method for discriminating DSM-IV opioid dependence due to prescription opioid use would provide more precision when examining this population. This paper describes an innovative method using a currently available diagnostic instrument, to diagnose DSM-IV opioid dependence and distinguish between dependence resulting from prescription opioids versus dependence upon heroin.

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20079463
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PMC3579622
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10.1016/j.cct.2010.01.002
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