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The AP (http://tinyurl.com/vivitrol-for-opiate-addicts 11/16, Seaman) reported, “Alkermes, Inc. said a late-stage clinical trial” including 250 patients, demonstrates that its medication Vivitrol, an extended-release version of naltrexone, “which is used to help alcoholics quit drinking, also helped opioid addicts stay off drugs.” In fact, participants “who were injected with Vivitrol once per month were more likely to pass a urine test than patients who received a placebo injection,” the company said. In addition, the medicine “also met secondary goals, as” participants “reported a lower craving for drugs, and half of” them “were clean in at least 90 percent of their drug tests.”

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