cases of clonidine abuse

Physicians are seeing more cases of clonidine abuse...typically in people who also abuse heroin or other drugs.

Abusers take high doses of clonidine (about 1 to 3 mg) for its sedative and euphoric effects. They also use it to reduce withdrawal symptoms when they don't have money to buy illicit drugs.

Abusers find clonidine pretty easy to get. Most physicians and pharmacists aren't suspicious of frequent refills.

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