Out of more than 10,000 military veterans in methadone maintenance therapy, 33.2% also had a comorbid serious mental illness and they used available services, as well as filled their prescriptions on a routine basis, despite the perception that there is a general lack of compliance among these patients, said Carla Marienfeld, MD, and Robert Rosenheck, MD, both of Yale University, at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry annual meeting.
“Patients who are dually diagnosed with both serious mental illness and substance use disorders are often perceived to have greater difficulty attending appointments, taking their medication; there’s a stigma that exists around these patients that they don’t actually use very much service, that they’re hard to get to come in, they don’t follow through with what they’re supposed to do,” Marienfeld said.
But the study results show that these assumptions “may not be the case,” she added. “This could imply that the structure of methadone maintenance therapy leads to improved adherence to medications prescribed and possibly improved health outcomes.”
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Source: MedPageToday.com – December 9, 2014