Treatment with methadone works, but patients have to remain in treatment. That’s the lesson from a recent study – and from all studies. This study, in particular, looked at jail inmates who were inducted on methadone, and then entered community based-treatment. The conclusions: Initiating methadone treatment in jail was effective in promoting entry into community-based drug abuse treatment but subsequent treatment discontinuation attenuated any potential impact of such treatment.
Schwartz RP, Kelly SM, Mitchell SG, et al: Methadone treatment of arrestees: A randomized clinical trial. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019
Oct 28:107680. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107680. [Epub ahead of print]