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New Bibliography Available on Effective Medical Treatment of Heroin Addiction

A new bibliography has been prepared in support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Conference on Effective Medical Treatment for Heroin Addiction held in Bethesda, MD on November 17-19, 1997. The bibliography was produced by staff at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) not only for conference attendees but also for practitioners, researchers, and others interested in the neurobiology of heroin addiction and the safety and efficacy of narcotic (methadone) maintenance treatment.

The conference addresses the following key issues in medical treatment for heroin addiction: Overview of opiate agonist treatment and natural history of heroin addiction; Molecular neurobiology and pathogenesis of opiate addiction; Consequences of untreated opiate addiction; Current opiate addiction treatment modalities; Predictors of treatment outcome; and Barriers to the effective use and availability of opiate agonist treatment. The bibliography, Effective Medical Treatment for Heroin Addiction, is organized according to the key issues of the conference agenda with additional subsections for specific complications of opiate addiction. Citations include journal articles, books and book chapters, hearings, posters, and conference proceedings and papers. The majority of the selected references are from January 1994 to September 1997; selected earlier references provide background for the main topics of the conference. References are in English with the focus on heroin addiction in the United States.

The heroin bibliography is part of NLM's Current Bibliographies in Medicine series and may be obtained free-of-charge from