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Do interruptions to the continuity of methadone maintenance treatment in specialist addiction settings increase the risk of drug‐related poisoning deaths? A retrospective cohort study. 

Durand, L., O'Driscoll, D., Boland, F., Keenan, E., Ryan, B. K., Barry, J., Bennett, K., Fahey, T., and Cousins, G. (2020) 

Addiction, 115: 1867– 1877. doi.org/10.1111/add.15004. 


Pharmacogenomics biomarkers for personalized methadone maintenance treatment: The mechanism and its potential use 

Ramli FF. 

[published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 11]. Bosn J Basic Med Sci. 2020;10.17305/bjbms.2020.4897. doi:10.17305/bjbms.2020.4897


Comparing the Efficacy of Methadone and Tincture of Opium in Controlling Agitation Caused by Withdrawal Syndrome in Opium-Addicted Patients in the Intensive Care Unit: A Randomized Trial Study. 

Sohrevardi SM, Pournamdari M, Salimi R, Sarrafzadeh F, Ahmadinejad M. 

Addict Health. 2020;12(2):69-76. doi:10.22122/ahj.v12i2.259


Methadone Inhibits Viral Restriction Factors and Facilitates HIV Infection in Macrophages.

Wang MR, Wu DD, Luo F, et al. 

Front Immunol. 2020;11:1253. Published 2020 Jul 3. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2020.01253

Methadone Inhibits Viral Restriction Factors and Facilitates HIV Infection in Macrophages.

Atomic-Level Characterization of the Methadone-Stabilized Active Conformation of µ-Opioid Receptor 

Kapoor A, Provasi D, Filizola M. 

[published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 17]. Mol Pharmacol. 2020;mol.119.119339. doi:10.1124/mol.119.119339

Atomic-Level Characterization of the Methadone-Stabilized Active Conformation of µ-Opioid Receptor 

Methadone‐related deaths among youth and young adults in Sweden 2006–15.

Fugelstad, A., Bremberg, S., Hjelmström, P., and Thiblin, I. (2020) 

Addiction, doi.org/10.1111/add.15152.


An Efficient and Smooth Methadone-to-Buprenorphine Transition Protocol Utilizing a Transdermal Fentanyl Bridge and a Pharmacokinetic Inducer: The Stanciu Method. 

Stanciu CN, Gibson S, Teja N, Healey CJ. 

Cureus. 2020;12(5):e8310. Published 2020 May 27.


Correlates of sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness in people with opioid use disorder receiving methadone treatment 

Baldassarri SR, Beitel M, Zinchuk A, et al. 

[published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 17]. Sleep Breath. 2020;10.1007/s11325-020-02123-z. doi:10.1007/s11325-020-02123-z



Contamination in Opium, Opium Tincture, and Methadone Oral Solution, in Iran. 

Rahimi M, Eshraghi MA, Shadnia S. Lead 

Addict Health. 2020;12(1):34-39. doi:10.22122/ahj.v12i1.258


Scotland's 2009-2015 methadone-prescription cohort: quintiles for daily-dose of prescribed methadone and risk of methadone-specific death

Gao L, Robertson JR, Bird SM. 

[published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 12]. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2020;10.1111/bcp.14432.



Toward precision prescribing for methadone: Determinants of methadone deposition.

Talal AH, Ding Y, Venuto CS, Chakan LM, McLeod A, Dharia A, et al. (2020) 

PLoS ONE 15(4): e0231467. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0231467


USA. Medications for Opioid Use Disorder. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 63, Full Document.

This updated Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat OUD—methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine—and the other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with OUD. (SAMHSA - Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, USA, Mai 2020)


The Use of the Methadone/Metabolite Ratio (MMR) to Identify an Individual Metabolic Phenotype and Assess Risks of Poor Response and Adverse Effects: Towards Scientific Methadone Dosing.

McCarthy JJ, Graas J, Leamon MH, Ward C, Vasti EJ, Fassbender C.

J Addict Med. 2020 Feb 6. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000620. 



Sexual Inactivity in Methadone Maintenance Treatment Patients.

Ramli FF, Tg Abu Bakar Sidik TMI, Naina Mohamed I.

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Mar 18;17(6). pii: E1993. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17061993.


Differences in Gut Microbial Diversity are Driven by Drug Use and Drug Cessation by Either Compulsory Detention or Methadone Maintenance Treatment.

Li Q, Chen S, Liu K, Long D, Liu D, Jing Z, Huang X.

Microorganisms. 2020 Mar 13;8(3). pii: E411. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms8030411.


Comparative Effectiveness of Different Treatment Pathways for Opioid Use Disorder.

Wakeman SE, Larochelle MR, Ameli O, Chaisson CE, McPheeters JT, Crown WH, Azocar F, Sanghavi DM.

JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Feb 5;3(2):e1920622. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.20622.


Increases in body mass index and cardiovascular risk factors during methadone maintenance treatment.

Sweeney MM, Antoine DG, Nanda L, Géniaux H, Lofwall MR, Bigelow GE, Umbricht A.

J Opioid Manag. 2019 Sep/Oct;15(5):367-374. doi: 10.5055/jom.2019.0526.



Transition From Methadone to Buprenorphine Using a Short-acting Agonist Bridge in the Inpatient Setting: A Case Study.

Callan J, Pytell J, Ross J, Rastegar DA.

J Addict Med. 2020 Jan 22. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000623. 



Factors Related to Relapse in Patients with Substance-related Disorders under Methadone Maintenance Therapy: Decision Tree Analysis.

Moradinazar M, Farnia V, Alikhani M, Karyani AK, Rezaei S, Rezaeian S, Matin BK, Najafi F.

Oman Med J. 2020 Jan 23;35(1):e89. doi: 10.5001/omj.2020.07. 


Outcome of Patients With High Depressive Symptoms on Admission to Methadone Maintenance Treatment.

Malik E, Adelson M, Sason A, Schreiber S, Peles E.

J Dual Diagn. 2019 Oct-Dec;15(4):281-290. doi: 10.1080/15504263.2019.1656353.



Factors Associated with Sleep Disorders among Methadone-Maintained Drug Users in Vietnam.

Le TA, Dang AD, Tran AHT, Nguyen LH, Nguyen THT, Phan HT, Latkin CA, Tran BX, Ho CSH, Ho RCM.

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Nov 6;16(22). pii: E4315. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16224315.


Health-Seeking Behavior for Erectile Dysfunction in Methadone Maintenance Treatment Patients.

Ramli FF, Shuid AN, Pakri Mohamed RM, Tg Abu Bakar Sidik TMI, Naina Mohamed I.

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Nov 1;16(21). pii: E4249. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16214249.


Preparation, Characterization and Dermal Delivery of Methadone.

Kung CP, Sil BC, Hadgraft J, Lane ME, Patel B, McCulloch R.

Pharmaceutics. 2019 Oct 2;11(10). pii: E509. doi: 10.3390/pharmaceutics11100509.


The association between health conditions and cannabis use in patients with opioid use disorder receiving methadone maintenance treatment.

Shams I, Sanger N, Bhatt M, Rosic T, Luo C, Shahid H, Mouravska N, Tam SL, Hillmer A, Chawar C, D'Elia A, Hudson J, Marsh D, Thabane L, Samaan Z.

BJPsych Open. 2019 Oct 18;5(6):e91. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2019.78.


A comparison of sexual desire in opiate-dependent men receiving methadone and buprenorphine maintenance treatment.

Yee A, Loh HS, Loh HH, Riahi S, Ng CG, Sulaiman AHB.

Ann Gen Psychiatry. 2019 Oct 22;18:25. doi: 10.1186/s12991-019-0249-z. 


Opioids and their endocrine effects: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

de Vries F, Bruin M, Lobatto DJ, Dekkers OM, Schoones JW, van Furth WR, Pereira AM, Karavitaki N, Biermasz NR, Zamanipoor Najafabadi AH.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Sep 12. pii: dgz022. doi: 10.1210/clinem/dgz022.



Methadone poisonings: a seven year retrospective study of the French Poison Centers Network focusing on suicide attempts versus misuses.

Torrents R, Glaizal M, Sinno-Tellier S, Richard N, Nisse P, Vodovar D, Bloch J, Simon N, de Haro L.

Fundam Clin Pharmacol. 2019 Sep 9. doi: 10.1111/fcp.12506.



Acute Experimental Pain Responses in Methadone- and Buprenorphine/Naloxone-Maintained Patients Administered Additional Opioid or Gabapentin: A Double-Blind Crossover Pilot Study.

Murnion BP, Rivas C, Demirkol A, Hayes V, Lintzeris N, Nielsen S.

Pain Med. 2019 Aug 24. pii: pnz178. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnz178.



Correlation between interleukin-6 levels and methadone maintenance therapy outcomes.

Lu RB, Wang TY, Lee SY, Chen SL, Chang YH, See Chen P, Lin SH, Chu CH, Huang SY, Tzeng NS, Lee IH, Chin Chen K, Kuang Yang Y, Chen P, Chen SH, Hong JS.

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Aug 30;204:107516. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.06.018. 



Testing a Neuro-Evolutionary Theory of Social Bonds and Addiction: Methadone Associated With Lower Attachment Anxiety, Comfort With Closeness, and Proximity Maintenance.

Torres N.

Front Psychiatry. 2019 Sep 6;10:602. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00602.