Maintenance treatments for opiate -dependent adolescents.

CONCLUSIONS: It is difficult to draft conclusions on the basis of only two trials. One of the possible reasons for the lack of evidence could be the difficulty of conducting trials with young people for practical and ethical reasons.There is an urgent need for further randomised controlled trials comparing maintenance treatment with detoxification treatment or psychosocial treatment alone before carrying out studies that compare different pharmacological maintenance treatments. These studies should have long follow-up and measure relapse rates after the end of treatment and social functioning (integration at school or at work, family relationships).
PMID: 24957634 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher] (Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews)