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Treatment of Heroin or Other Opiate Addiction in Adolescents
Principal Investigator:   Lisa A. Marsch, PhD
Co-Investigators:   Ramon Solhkhah, MD,
Deborah Haller, PhD
Time frame of study:   Ongoing
Time frame of participation:   4 months
Number of Participants Needed:   Open
Location of Study:   Mount Sinai St. Luke's
Behavioral Science Research Unit
1111 Amsterdam Ave., 11th Floor
(On corner of 114th Street & Amsterdam Ave.)
New York, NY 10025
Contact Number:  

866-851-2140 (Toll Free)


This novel clinical research program offers science-based treatment for teenagers who are addicted to heroin or other opiate drugs, such as pain pills like Percocet and OxyContin. This program offers a unique combination of medication and behavioral treatments for teens who are addicted to opiates.

This program is entirely FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.

Criteria for Participation:

  • Ages 13-24 years
  • Currently dependent on opiate drugs (heroin or pain pills)
  • Males and females eligible
  • Not pregnant
  • Able to commute to the treatment location (subway passes available from the program)

Benefits or Compensation:

This FREE treatment program includes:

  • Outpatient Heroin and Pain Pill Detoxification with Buprenorphine medication (Suboxone®) (1-2 months). Buprenorphine is a medication used to treat pain in the U.S. It has also been approved to treat addiction to opiate drugs in adults. Our prior research has shown that it may also be safe and effective in treating teenagers addicted to opiate drugs.
  • Relapse prevention with Naltrexone medication (2 months). Naltrexone is an opiate blocker medication that can help prevent relapse to opiate use after a detoxification.
  • Counseling and Supportive Services. Counseling includes both individual counseling sessions and optional family counseling sessions.
  • Rewards for participating in the program and for remaining drug-free. Teens can earn vouchers for items they choose (such as CDs or clothes) or to do fun things (such as going to the movies,
    going to the gym, taking a computer class) for attending the program and for remaining opiate-free in the program.