A method to diagnose opioid dependence resulting from heroin versus prescription opioids using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview

Jennifer S. Potter, Kristi Prather, Frankie Kropp, Mimmie Byrne, C. Rollynn Sullivan, Nadia Mohamedi, Marc L. Copersino, Roger D. Weiss

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Treatment research with opioid-dependent populations has not traditionally distinguished between those dependent on prescription opioids versus dependent upon heroin. Evidence suggests there is a substantial subpopulation of individuals with opioid dependence resulting largely or exclusively from prescription opioid use. Because this subpopulation may respond to treatment differently from heroin users, a method for discriminating DSM-IV opioid dependence due to prescription opioid use would provide more precision when examining this population. This paper describes an innovative method using a currently available diagnostic instrument, to diagnose DSM-IV opioid dependence and distinguish between dependence resulting from prescription opioids versus dependence upon heroin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-188
Number of pages4
JournalContemporary Clinical Trials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010



  • Clinical trial
  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Opioids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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