'Twenty years ago, half of the heroin addicts in treatment lived in two states — New York and California,' according to Dr. Joe Gay, director of Health Recovery Services in Ohio, 'Now we’re seeing it spread out of the cities, into the suburbs and into the rural areas.' National data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that the number of … [Read more...] about Heroin Use Among Suburban Teens Skyrockets; Experts Say Prescription Pills are the New Gateway Drug
A Canadian study that started in 2005 comparing heroin maintenance with methadone maintenance has given rise to a protest from the patients used as guinea pigs. The patients protesting were actual subjects, clinical trials participants who were injected on a daily basis with heroin for a year. They had already failed methadone maintenance treatment twice. At the end of the … [Read more...] about The NAOMI Study: After a Year on Heroin Maintenance, Is it Ethical to Terminate?
More than 1,350 people attended the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) meeting held in Las Vegas April 21-25 at the Venetian/Palazzo Hotel. Among the more than 60 attendees from other countries was a large delegation from Vietnam, reporting on that nation’s successful expansion of methadone treatment. Under the theme “Recovery for Patients, … [Read more...] about AATOD Conference a Resounding Success
Benzodiazepine use and abuse by patients on methadone is a pressing concern for opioid treatment programs (OTPs) because of potentially dangerous drug interactions, especially during induction, so it was a natural selection for a “hot-topic” meeting at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) conference in April. Ron Jackson, MSW, LICSW, moderated … [Read more...] about Some OTPs Discharge, Others Taper for Illicit Benzodiazepine Use
For 3 years, Lifeline, an opioid treatment program (OTP) of Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR) has been providing methadone treatment at its site in the South End of Fall River, Massachusetts. In 1990 SSTAR became a federally qualified health center (FQHC) providing methadone, primary care, and behavioral health care to their OTP patients. SSTAR was the first OTP in … [Read more...] about Innovative Massachusetts Federally Qualified Health Center Expands OTP Services