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Six-month implant offers a new tool to treat opioid addiction

Mar 04, 2019 - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Canadians addicted to opioids may be eligible for an implant that provides a continuing low dose of medication for six months, with the potential for treatment for up to a year when a new implant is placed in the opposite arm.

The procedure involves trained physicians inserting match-stick sized rods under the skin of the upper arm, each containing the medication buprenorphine.

Health Canada approved the implant in April, 2018, two years after it was granted approval in the United St...