OPRM1 and CYP2B6 gene variants as risk factors in methadone-related deaths.

@article{Bunten2010OPRM1AC,
  title={OPRM1 and CYP2B6 gene variants as risk factors in methadone-related deaths.},
  author={Hannah Bunten and W. J. Liang and Derrick J. Pounder and Collin Seneviratne and David Osselton},
  journal={Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics},
  year={2010},
  volume={88 3},
  pages={
          383-9
        }
}
Methadone is a medication valued for its effectiveness in the treatment of heroin addiction; however, many fatal poisonings associated with its use have been reported over the years. We have examined the association between CYP2B6 and micro-opioid receptor (OPRM1) gene variations and apparent susceptibility to methadone poisoning. Genomic DNA was extracted from postmortem whole blood of 40 individuals whose deaths were attributed to methadone poisoning. The presence of CYP2B6*4,*9, and *6… CONTINUE READING

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