Inquiries about and initiation of buprenorphine treatment in an inner-city clinic

Chinazo O. Cunningham, Angela Giovanniello, Galit Sacajiu, Xuan Li, Mia Brisbane, Nancy L. Sohler

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Despite increases in opioid dependence, availability of buprenorphine treatment remains limited. Reasons may include health center concerns about becoming overwhelmed or attracting patients who differ from the local community. This study documents inquiries about and initiation of buprenorphine treatment in an inner-city health center. From 2006-2008, we collected demographic information and subsequent treatment data for everyone who inquired about treatment. Of the 324 people who inquired, 55.6% initiated treatment. The number of inquiries increased gradually over time, and most came from local community residents (80.4%). These results may allay health center concerns, and can help planning for buprenorphine treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-262
Number of pages2
JournalSubstance Abuse
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2009



  • Buprenorphine
  • Community health center
  • Opioid
  • Opioid dependence
  • Substance abuse treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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