Prisoners forced off methadone less likely to return to treatment

A Nepalese drug addict smokes a cigarette at the Saarathi Nepal after having his daily Methadone Maintenance Treatment in KathmanduBy Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – When people on methadone maintenance therapy are incarcerated, many are forced to stop taking it, and are less likely to restart methadone treatment on their release, according to a new study. A once-daily dose of methadone relieves withdrawal symptoms from heroin and other opiate drugs, blocks the high that an opiate would give and relieves drug cravings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Methadone is one of the most tightly regulated medications we have, but is highly effective in treating heroin or opiate addiction, reducing HIV transmission, criminal behavior and overdose deaths, said lead author Dr. Josiah D. Rich of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

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