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January 19, 2011

Buprenorphine Implants and Opioid Dependence

JAMA. 2011;305(3):253-255. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1988

To the Editor: Dr Ling and colleagues1 provided evidence of the effectiveness of buprenorphine implants for the treatment of opioid dependence. However, as Dr O’Connor2 pointed out in his accompanying Editorial, there are barriers to this approach, and it remains to be seen whether this is more effective than the current practice of prescribing sublingual buprenorphine in an office-based setting.

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