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NCJ Number: 212300 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Linkage with Methadone Treatment Upon Release From Incarceration: A Promising Opportunity
Journal: Journal of Addictive Diseases  Volume:24  Issue:3  Dated:2005  Pages:49-59
Author(s): Josiah D. Rich M.D.; Michelle McKenzie M.P.H; David C. Shield B.A.; Francis A. Wolf B.A.; R. Garrett Key B.A.; Michael Poshkus M.D.; Jennifer Clarke M.D.
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20014
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: P30-AI-42853;5T32DA13911-03;H79-TI-014562
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores the benefits of offering methadone treatment to inmates immediately upon their release.
Abstract: The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and a disproportionate number of those incarcerated are drug users. Injection drug users (IDUs) make up more than a quarter of incarcerated offenders and are at heightened risk for a range of deleterious outcomes, such as HIV infection, tuberculosis, and viral hepatitis. Research has indicated that methadone treatment can be effective at reducing drug use and related risks. However, due to a number of barriers to methadone treatment, such as social stigmatism and high costs, the people who most need methadone treatment are the least likely to receive it. Moreover, methadone treatment programs targeting inmates are exceedingly rare although such programs have been shown to be economically advantageous. The correctional setting should be used as a conduit to link methadone treatment to inmates immediately upon release in order to reduce disease transmission and criminal recidivism. References
Main Term(s): Inmate drug treatment; Methadone detoxification treatment
Index Term(s): Drug treatment; Post-release programs
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