Association between cholesterol plasma levels and craving among heroin users

Shih Hsien Lin, Yen Kuang Yang, Sheng Yu Lee, Pei Chun Hsieh, Po See Chen, Ru Band Lu, Kao Chin Chen

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Objective: Lipids may play some roles in the central nervous system functions that are associated with drug addiction. To date, cholesterol is known to influence relapse of cocaine use. However, the relationship between cholesterol and heroin craving is unclear. This study examined the concurrent association between cholesterol and craving. Method: The serum lipid levels of 70 heroin users who were undergoing or had undergone a methadone maintenance therapy were measured. Their craving and demographic data were assessed. Results: Total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol are negatively associated with craving before (r = -0.33, P < 0.01, and r = -0.36, P < 0.01, respectively) and after controlling for the effects of potential confounders (β = -0.38, P < 0.01, and β = -0.42, P < 0.01, respectively). Conclusions: Cholesterol could be associated with the cognitive aspect of craving and may be a potential marker to predict risk of drug relapse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-291
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Addiction Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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