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Comparison of Buprenorphine/Naloxone With Naltrexone in Opioid Dependent Adolescents

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(Study personnel left institution, anticipated funding did not occur)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Richard Blondell, State University of New York at Buffalo Identifier:
First received: October 15, 2009
Last updated: June 6, 2014
Last verified: June 2014
This study is designed to determine the relative effectiveness of buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) pharmacotherapy versus naltrexone pharmacotherapy for treatment retention, relapse prevention and opioid craving reduction among opioid-dependent adolescents and young adults. The investigators hypothesize that naltrexone treatment is as effective as buprenorphine/naloxone for these treatment outcomes.

Condition Intervention Phase
Opiate Addiction
Drug: Buprenorphine/naloxone
Drug: Naltrexone
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Buprenorphine/Naloxone With Naltrexone for Treatment in Opioid Dependent Adolescents and Young Adults

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Further study details as provided by State University of New York at Buffalo:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Retention in treatment: (1-180 days) as measured by the date that participant was last seen by study personnel or date when participant completes study following the date of enrollment. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Opioid craving: (1-10) as measured by a 10 point visual analog scale. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Self-reported drug use: (days to first use and percent days abstinent) as measured by time line follow back. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Urine toxicology: (yes/no) at baseline and monthly at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 months follow-up. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: November 2009
Study Completion Date: June 2014
Primary Completion Date: June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: buprenophine/naloxone
Participants with this arm will receive 4-16 mg/d buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone).
Drug: Buprenorphine/naloxone
Sublingual tablets, 2/0.5mg (ratio buprenorphine:naloxone = 4:1), three times a day for six months (doses may be adjusted based on an individual's response)
Other Name: Suboxone
Experimental: Naltrexone
Participants assigned to this arm will receive 50 mg/d naltrexone.
Drug: Naltrexone
Oral tables, 50 mg/d, once a day for six months
Other Name: ReVia

Detailed Description:

Context: Standard treatment of opioid dependence in adolescents is detoxification and counseling, which results in relapse in 20-50% of patients. Alternative medical treatments include buprenorphine and naltrexone that have not been well investigated in adolescents and young adults. Buprenorphine has previously been shown effective in the treatment of opioid dependence in adolescents in one study in the United States as compared to detoxification. Although naltrexone treatment results in low compliance in adults, it is effective in combination with a strong social support network that exists in adolescents that live with at least 1 parent/guardian.

Objective: To compare the efficacy of buprenorphine/naloxone pharmacotherapy with naltrexone pharmacotherapy on treatment retention, relapse prevention and craving reduction among opioid-addicted adolescents and young adults.

Design: 2-arm Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Pharmacotherapy Clinical Trial.

Setting: The study will be conducted in an outpatient treatment facility Participants: The participants will be those who 1) are between 16-25 years old, 2) have clear evidence of a substance use disorder with opioid dependence, and 3) live with at least one parent.

Baseline data collection: Data collected at baseline will include (with examples), demographics (age, gender, race), substance use history (type of substances used, duration of use, routes of abuse), co-existing medical problems (seizures, hepatitis C), prior mental health problems (prior treatment, diagnoses), prior substance abuse treatment (outpatient, inpatient), socioeconomic variables (educational level, occupation, employment history), criminal history (number of arrests and convictions, total amount of time spent in jail or prison), family history (first degree relatives with substance use disorders) and scores on psychometric testing (DAST, opioid craving score).

Outcome data: Four main outcomes will be examined: Retention in treatment, self-reported opioid craving, self-reported drug use with urine toxicology confirmation. Retention in treatment (1-180 days) will be measured by the date that participant was last seen by study personnel or date when participant completes study following the date of enrollment. Opioid carving (1-10) will be measured by a 10 point visual analog scale. Self-reported drug use (days to first use and percent days abstinent) will be measured by time line follow back. Urine toxicology (yes/no) will be determined at baseline and monthly at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 months follow-up.

Data analysis: Outcome variables will be compared between the two groups using t-tests or chi-square tests as appropriate. A Kaplan-Myer survival analysis will be used to describe participant participation. Predictors of poor outcomes will be identified using a case-control design in which those with poor outcomes (the "cases") will be compared to those with successful outcomes (the "controls") using multivariate techniques (logistic regression).


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 25 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical Diagnosis of Opiate Dependence
  • Successful completion of detoxification
  • can answer 9 out of 10 question correctly that tests understanding of the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • unable to pay for medication
  • not living with a parent/guardian
  • inability of patient and/or parent to give consent
  • major co-occurring psychiatric disorder
  • existing medical condition that would interfere with the treatment
  • use of CNS depressants
  • pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01015066

United States, New York
UB Department of Family Medicine
Buffalo, New York, United States, 14203
Sponsors and Collaborators
State University of New York at Buffalo
Principal Investigator: Richard D Blondell, MD SUNY Buffalo
  More Information

Responsible Party: Richard Blondell, MD, State University of New York at Buffalo Identifier: NCT01015066     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FMD04405009B
Study First Received: October 15, 2009
Last Updated: June 6, 2014

Keywords provided by State University of New York at Buffalo:
drug dependence
substance abuse
substance use disorders

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Opioid-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Buprenorphine, Naloxone Drug Combination
Analgesics, Opioid
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Narcotic Antagonists processed this record on April 28, 2017