ATTC Addiction Messenger Part 1: Medication-Assisted Treatment - Setting the Context
ATTC Addiction Messenger Part 2: Medication-Assisted Treatment - Helping Patients Succeed
ATTC Addiction Messenger Part 3: Medication-Assisted Treatment – Implementation Challenges and Strategies
Opioid Abuse During Pregnancy Spurs Medical Treatment Guidance Opinion Paper
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Using Medication to Support Recovery - Research and Practice Updates
Addiction Technology Transer Center (ATTC)
Volume 10. Issue 1.
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Vermont Integrated Treatment Continuum for Substance Use Dependence “Hub/Spoke” Initiative—Phase 1: Opiate Dependence
Vermont Agency of Human Services
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Legality of Denying Access to Medication Assisted Treatment in the Criminal Justice System
Legal Action Center
This report examines the prevalence of opiate addiction in the criminal justice system, its devastating consequences, and the widespread denial of access to one of its most effective forms of treatment: medication assisted treatment (“MAT”).
The report then analyzes the circumstances in which the denial of MAT violates Federal anti-discrimination laws and the United States Constitution.
The PDF is available online at: http://www.lac.org/doc_library/lac/publications/MAT_Report_FINAL_12-1-2011.pdf
Issues of Medication Assisted Treatment and Pregnant Women Webinar
Three hour webinar from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)
May 5, 2011.
The webinar is available online at: http://ireta.org/webinars
Using Methadone Safely and Effectively Video- A Patient's Guide
Sponsored by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The 26 minute video focuses on four areas: 1) How methadone works in the body and what it is so effective in treating opioid addiction, 2) Risks associated with methadone treatment and appropriate safety guidelines, 3) Staff and patients discuss safety practices and procedures, and 4) Review of key safety measures. The video is available online at: http://www.atforum.com/addiction-resources/videos.php
Beyond Methadone: Improving the Health of Patients in Opioid Treatment Programs
Released October, 2011.
PDF available for download at: http://www.vocal-ny.org/2011/10/06/beyond-methadone-improving-the-health-of-patients/
Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems, the official journal of EUROPAD (European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association), is a peer-reviewed publication for professionals wanting to stay informed of research and opinion on opioid misuse treatment in Europe and around the world. A particular emphasis is on medication-assisted treatments for opioid addiction. Full copies of the journal dating back to its inception in 1999 are available for free download as PDF documents. March 2013 issue added April 28, 2013.
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Narcotics Anonymous and the Pharmacotherapeutic Treatment of Opioid Addiction in the United States
By William L. White, MA
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Research Article - Distance Traveled and Cross-State Commuting to Opioid Treatment Programs in the United States
Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 948789, 10 pages, doi:10.1155/2011/948789.
This study examined commuting patterns among 23,141 methadone patients enrolling in 84 opioid treatment programs (OTPs) in the United States from 2005-2009.
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Research Article - Benzodiazepine Use and Misuse Among Patients in a Methadone Program
Chen et al.: Benzodiazepine Use and Misuse Among Patients in a Methadone Program. BMC Psychiatry 2011 11:90.
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Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Recovery-Oriented Methadone Maintenance Monograph
Released October 2010.
There are growing calls to shift the acute-care model of addiction treatment to a model of sustained recovery support analogous to the long-term management of other chronic diseases. The purpose of this monograph written by William White, MA, and Lisa Mojer-Torres, JD, is to explore what this shift means to the design and delivery of methadone maintenance (MM) treatment and the status of MM treatment and MM patients in the United States.
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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Booklets for Patients, Families and Friends
A series of three booklets produced in October 2009, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)), are designed to provide basic information about MAT for opioid addiction including medication options for treatment - methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine. The booklets also explain how medication options fit into the overall recovery process.
One booklet is directed at families and friends of patients entering MAT. The other two booklets present facts about naltrexone and buprenorphine and are directed at patients entering MAT.
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction - Facts for Families and Friends
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In-service Training Manual Based on TIP 43 (Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs)
Released October 2008.
A training manual is available for TIP 43 (Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs. The manual provides a detailed in-service training curricula for introducing substance abuse treatment professionals to MAT for opioid addiction in outpatient treatment programs. It also describes opioid use disorders; assessment and treatment planning; pharmacology and dosing, and evidence-based best practice for treatment.
The training manual which includes 13 modules with PowerPoint slides is available for download at: http://www.kap.samhsa.gov/products/trainingcurriculums/tip43.html
CSAT TIP 43 Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs
Released November 2005.
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Quick Guide for Clinicians – Based on TIP 43 – Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Addiction Treatment Programs.
Released May 2007.
This Quick Guide is based on TIP 43 and is designed to meet the needs of the busy clinician for concise, easily accessed how-to information.
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Knowledge Application Program (KAP) Keys for Clinicians – Based on TIP 43 – Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Addiction Treatment Programs.
Released May 2007.
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California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) - Guidelines for Physicians Working in California Opioid Treatment Programs
Released April 2009.
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SAMHSA - Medication-Assisted Treatment Patients’ Rights
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Managing Addicted Inmates: Medication Assisted Therapy in Corrections
This multimedia educational program from the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare provides information vital to understanding the devastating problem of opioid abuse and the steps to implementing medication assisted therapy when appropriate. It features commentary from leading correctional and medical experts, plus downloadable resources to help you and your medical staff.
Methadone Maintenance Treatment and the Criminal Justice System
A 26-page PDF report from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD). Released April 2006.
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Methadone Treatment for Pregnant Women
A 2-page brochure from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Printed 2006.
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Does Methadone Formulation Make A Difference?
Stewart B. Leavitt, MA, PhD; Editor. Released 2003.
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World Travel Guide for MMT Patients
Advice for travelers on methadone maintenance covers the world from A to Z: Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and nearly 200 countries in between. A project of INDRO e. V. in Germany.
Updated MAT Primer for Patients from DPA
About Methadone and Buprenorphine is a revised (2006) 50-page booklet from the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) that covers most of the questions patients and their loved ones might have about Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). There also is a brief discussion on buprenorphine, added in this 2nd edition. Written in nontechnical language, it gives facts, dispels myths, and also provides helpful tips on such topics as traveling with methadone, storing the drug, concerns about overdose, and much more.
To obtain copies, contact the Drug Policy Alliance at 212-613-8020; e-mail to
"Methadone in the Treatment of Narcotic Addiction"
Andrew Byrne, MD
This book is a good read for physicians and other health care workers interested in a broad understanding of addiction and methadone maintenance. Byrne presents his experiences gathered from over a decade of practice in the field in a straightforward, fact-filled manner.
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Methadone Medical Maintenance Manual
David A. Fiellin, Michael V. Pantalon, Patrick G. O'Connor. This manual describes procedures involved in the delivery of Medical Management (MM) of methadone maintenance treatment by a trained physician in a primary care setting.; 1998
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Methadone Treatment Works
A Compendium for Methadone Maintenance Treatment. Monograph Series Number 2, December 1994, A Monograph of The Chemical Dependency Research Working Group. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
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Methadone Patients and the Treatment of Pain
Section from CDRWG Monograph 2, Payte JG, Khuri K, Joseph H, Woods J.;1994
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"In My Backyard Video: Dispelling Myths About Methadone"
The International Center for Advancement of Addiction Treatment (ICAAT) has produced a 15-minute video addressing the "not-in-my-backyard" (NIMBY) phenomenon - probably the greatest barrier to meaningful expansion of methadone treatment availability in America. Throughout the USA, and in many other nations as well, efforts to open new facilities are met with fierce opposition based on fear of resultant crime and a general deterioration of the neighborhood.
This film which became available in October 2009, highlights the patients, staff and services of a methadone maintenance treatment clinic operating since 1974 in a church building in the heart of residential and commercial Greenwich Village, NYC.
To order a copy of the DVD contact Hindy Bernstein via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Exploring the World of Opioid Dependency" DVD
Exploring the World of Opioid Dependency is a new informational video (running time: approx: 15 min) produced exclusively for the Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia (OTPG) and it's members. It is an informative and emotional overview of addiction, it's impact on lives and most importantly, the treatment solutions and healing that is possible.
To order the stigma-reduction DVD, "Exploring the World of Opioid Dependency," go to http://www.otpgeorgia.org/. The cost is $40 for non-OTPG members.
"METHADONE TREATMENT: The Hope for a New Life" Videotape
This is a 30-minute videotape providing critical information on opioid addiction and methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). Produced by COMPA (Committee of Methadone Program Administrators, Inc.) of New York State, it depicts the true story of opioid addiction, including the disease process and its devastating effects on the addicted person, the family, and the community.
On camera testimony of experts in the field and patients clearly underscore the overwhelming efficacy of MMT. Viewers will find the video compelling and enlightening, providing new insights into addiction and methadone treatment that are certain to dispel myths and help overcome stigma.
The video costs $45 plus $5 shipping and handling Contact COMPA at:
911 Central Avenue, #322, Albany, NY 12206.
Phone: 518-326-6043. E-mail: email@example.com.
"The Joy of Being Normal" - Short Video Paints Positive MMT Portrait
This is a short (7 1/3 minutes) video that skillfully illustrates the benefits of methadone as a medication allowing people to live normal and productive lives. Several vignettes reveal examples of "secret successes" that have so often been hidden from public view – MMT patients flourishing in everyday life, with responsible jobs and loving families.
The film is excellently produced, culturally diverse, attention-grabbing, and suitable for any audience. It is certain to generate further interest and set a very positive tone for discussions with community groups, healthcare professionals, families and prospective patients, and others. Indeed, this innovative production can be a powerful tool to help spark the sort of open dialogue that may help abolish the enduring, unjustified stigma surrounding this vital treatment modality.
Copies of The Joy of Being Normal can be ordered from Danya International: 8737 Colesville Rd., Suite 1100; Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Phone: 866-774-1735. The video costs $9.95.
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