Evaluation of prooxidant-antioxidant balance in chronic heroin users in a single assay: an identification criterion for antioxidant supplementation.

BACKGROUND Opiate abuse has been linked to oxidative stress, through the separate evaluation of oxidants and antioxidants. OBJECTIVES To determine prooxidant-antioxidant balance (PAB) in chronic heroin users in a single assay, easily applied in a clinical setting. Specifically, to examine whether PAB values correlate with the duration of abuse or with the… (More)