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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 10:51 pm 
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I started my Suboxone treatment as part of a clinical trial because it was a way to get free treatment. In fact, they paid me to participate - not much, around $250 all together, but better than a poke in the eye. My experience was good; the study was at the VA hospital and everyone there was amazing, respectful and knowledgable. I'm sure not every experience is as good, but if you are broke, without insurance and desperate for treatment it's worth looking into.

I was looking at some research about short vs long-term sub therapy, and I found some links to clinical trials that are going on now. Here are some:

This one is studying Sub treatment combined with different kinds of therapy. It's at UCLA and treatment goes up to 34 weeks:

http://www.druglib.com/trial/17/NCT00591617.html

Here's one studying buprenorphine in patients with both chronic pain and opiate addiction, in Buffalo NY:

http://www.druglib.com/trial/78/NCT00552578.html

Probuphine vs. Sublingual Buprenorphine - comparing bioavailability - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

http://www.druglib.com/trial/82/NCT00768482.html

Bupe Maint vs. Detox at Yale in New Haven, CT

http://www.clinicaltrial.gov/ct2/show/N ... ne&rank=17

Depressed and Addicted? Live in Rhode Island? Here's a study looking at Bupe + SSRI

http://www.clinicaltrial.gov/ct2/show/N ... ne&rank=32

Bupe v Methadone in Chronic Pain Patients w/Opiate Addiction, SUNY Buffalo, must live in Western NY

http://www.clinicaltrial.gov/ct2/show/N ... ne&rank=32

Addicted to Opiates but you abuse Cocaine too? This might be for you - Detroit, MI

(this study sounds really interesting. You get buprenorphine treatment for about 16 weeks, but also: "Participants in this observational study will take part in multiple trials in which they have the opportunity to choose between drug combinations (cocaine alone or combined with HYD; relative to HYD alone and dual placebo) or money."

http://www.clinicaltrial.gov/ct2/show/N ... e&rank=142

There are more studies, so go to the websites and look at the indexes to see if anything fits your situation. Also, google buprenorphine + clinical trials, or opiates + clinical trials, and see what comes up.

There are drawbacks to being in a study - like you might end up with the placebo treatment, so always find out up front what you're getting into. I got placebo, but the study doc found me a new Suboxone doctor and kept me on Suboxone until I could get in to see him. Good luck!

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 10:46 pm 
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Thanks alot Diary the several I looked at were really interesting :) I appreciate you taking the time to post these for us
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Wow, thanks so much for posting this info! Now I have a question...
I was given some info on a trial that is being conducted in Sacramento, CA. I called and spoke with the gentleman about getting signed up for the program (since I'm not working and don't have insurance, hence, no means to get the suboxone) but he told me that I had to have proof of addiciton. This would either mean needle marks (which I DO NOT have since I take oxy's) or I would need to have proof of prescriptions from multiple doctors. Well, I don't have that either! Since I don't have insurance, I have just been buying mine off the street. I really want to get on this free program, but I don't know how to go about it since I don't meet the requirement of proving that I am addicted. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I really need to get off of these dang pills! I want my life back, please help! :cry:


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I actually go into UCLA tomorrow for them to take blood work and see if I will be accepted into a Buprenorphine & counseling program for a total of 9 months. If I do I will have to go twice a week and all meds, counseling, etc will be paid for and they will compensate me in different ways, I guess, something like gift cards, money, etc.

Anyways, I'm scared and excited.. I hope I get accepted because it's a great opportunity that I want to take advantage of, being addicted for the past 3 years so this would be great. Anyone else here in any sort of research study and know what to expect?


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There is a study in NYC in Manhattan at Columbia Prysperterian Hosptial S.U.R.C. Unit (Substance Use Research Center). I did it about 11 years ago for suboxone and got $3,700 for six weeks inpatient. I lived like a king. They do not give you the money all at once. They give you $300.00 a week until the money runs out. You eat as much as you want and watch movies most all day and night. Exercise etc. You must be a intravenous drug user though not sniffing and in good health. You can have aids or hep c but be healthy. They are testing a once every 2 week or once every month suboxone.


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