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Now, the first clinical trial of DBS for methamphetamine addiction is being conducted at Shanghai's Ruijin Hospital, along with trials for opioid addiction.In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration greenlighted a clinical trial in West Virginia of DBS for opioid addiction.Globally, there are eight registered DBS clinical trials for drug addiction, according to a U.S. National Institutes of Health database.Nine years later, a military hospital in Xi'an reported that roughly half of 1,167 patients who had their brains lesioned stayed off drugs for at least five years.A separate pilot study published in January by doctors at a military hospital in Xi'an showed that five of eight heroin users stayed off drugs for two years after DBS surgery.Based on those results, the Chinese deep brain stimulation device manufacturer SceneRay Corp. is seeking Chinese regulatory approval of its DBS device for opioid addiction, and funding a clinical trial targeting 60 participants.
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