Summation of Findings and Conclusion
This project to study the effectiveness of methadone maintenance treatment was jointly planned by the senior author and staff at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 1984. In response to earlier expert reviews of the status of drug abuse treatment in the United States, it was held that large-scale intensive studies of particular types of treatment, or modalities, were warranted. The reasons advanced for supporting more intensive research about treatment effectiveness were various but emphasized such issues as matching drug abusing patients to appropriate treatment and determining the extent of psychiatric impairment in this population. At that time there was little or no interest in studying drug abuse treatment programs; the emphasis was on studying patients.
KeywordsCocaine Tate Amphetamine Heroin Barbiturate
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