Prescription Narcotics: the new Heroin

Methadone Maintenance Therapy

Who is Eligible for Methadone Treatment?

Treatment is available to people who have an addiction to narcotics, abusers can be any sex, ethnic background, can have any mental illness, or physical condition including being pregnant. Patients must have been addicted to narcotics (opiates) for at least one year, and have evidence of opiate usage. The patient must be 18 years of age or older or have parental consent and have demonstrated prior drug-free treatment (traditional treatment), or short term tapering. Special circumstances apply to opiate dependent pregnant women.


Why all the rules?

Methadone Maintenance Therapy is the most monitored and regulated business in the United States. Methadone is monitored by federal, state and local authorities. Since 2001 methadone clinics have been required to become accredited, accreditation requires higher standards which include: 

· shifting responsibility for treatment decisions from regulators (non-medical staff) to clinicians (Medical Staff).

· Allows for greater clinical involvement and medical judgment in determining appropriate individual patient treatments (especially dosing).

· Ensures patients are appropriately matched to the best treatment for them.

· Focus on quality of care: coordinates treatment programs with mainstream health systems reducing the stigma associated with treatment.

· Promotes state of the art treatment services, with emphasis on outcome measures.

In short: treatment programs must comply with accreditation process and comply with the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration and state authorities to ensure state of the art program standards are met.

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