When they are run well, methadone and buprenorphine treatment programs can reduce public spending and improve public health. The activist group VOCAL-New York, however, is reporting critical shortcomings at many of New York City’s opioid treatment programs.
A study released last week reveals that seven out of ten people in opioid treatment programs receive no overdose prevention information; more than half of people who test positive for hepatitis C are not referred to a medical professional; and nearly four in ten report being stopped and frisked by police outside of treatment centers.
The 42-page report Beyond Methadone: Improving the Health of Patients in Opioid Treatment Programs can be accessed at:
Source: Housing Works Advocate – October 11, 2011