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No excuses left to delay opioid agonist treatment roll-out.

Malyuta R, Krausz RM.

Lancet HIV. 2019 Dec 23. pii: S2352-3018(19)30409-6. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(19)30409-6.


USA. Protests as Cuomo Blocks Addiction Meds Access for Poor New Yorkers

Late on January 1, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a last-minute veto on a bill that would have ended barriers for low-income New Yorkers to access Medicaid-insured medication-assisted treatment (MAT)—with the potential to save hundreds of lives and millions of dollars every year. At the same time, he signed into law a version of the bill that ended MAT’s pre-authorization for private insurance. (Filter, USA, 06.01.2020)


"Die Knochen schmerzen. Ich schwitze Bäche" - Aus dem Alltag eines Schweizer Heroinabhängigen 

Die progressive Schweizer Drogenpolitik brachte nicht nur die offene Drogenszene zum Verschwinden, sondern rettete zahlreichen Süchtigen das Leben. Inzwischen sind Heroinabhängige aus der öffentlichen Wahrnehmung verschwunden. Wie leben sie heute? Ein Buch gibt Einblick in den Alltag eines Drogensüchtigen. (swissinfo.ch, Schweiz, 13.12.2019)


The cascade of care for opioid use disorder: a retrospective study in British Columbia, Canada.

Piske, M., Zhou, C., Min, J. E., Hongdilokkul, N., Pearce, L. A., Homayra, F., Socias, E., McGowan, G., and Nosyk, B. ( 2020) 

Addiction, doi.org/10.1111/add.14947. 



Development and Psychometric Assessment of the Methadone Therapy Experiences Questionnaire among Patients under Treatment.

Homaei S, Banazadeh N, Roaei F, Ziaaddini H.

Addict Health. 2019 Jul;11(3):183-191. doi: 10.22122/ahj.v11i3.241.


Effectiveness of Religious-Spiritual Group Therapy on Spiritual Health and Quality of Life in Methadone-treated Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

Yaghubi M, Abdekhoda M, Khani S.

Addict Health. 2019 Jul;11(3):156-164. doi: 10.22122/ahj.v11i3.238.


The Association between Living Status Transitions, Behavior Changes and Family Relationship Improvement among Methadone Maintenance Treatment Participants in Guangdong, China.

Liu S, Zou X, Huang X, Liu Y, Lu Q, Ling L.

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Dec 23;17(1). pii: E119. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17010119.


Building a Group-Based Opioid Treatment (GBOT) blueprint: a qualitative study delineating GBOT implementation.

Sokol R, Albanese M, Chew A, Early J, Grossman E, Roll D, Sawin G, Wu DJ, Schuman-Olivier Z.

Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2019 Dec 27;14(1):47. doi: 10.1186/s13722-019-0176-y.


Outcomes of a novel office-based opioid treatment program in an internal medicine resident continuity practice.

Pytell JD, Buresh ME, Graddy R.

Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2019 Dec 19;14(1):46. doi: 10.1186/s13722-019-0175-z.


Prevalence and treatment of opioid use disorders among primary care patients in six health systems.

Lapham G, Boudreau DM, Johnson EA, Bobb JF, Matthews AG, McCormack J, Liu D, Samet JH, Saxon AJ, Campbell CI, Glass JE, Rossom RC, Murphy MT, Binswanger IA, Yarborough BJH, Bradley KA.

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Nov 15;207:107732. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107732. 



Characteristics and current clinical practices of opioid treatment programs in the United States.

Jones CM, Byrd DJ, Clarke TJ, Campbell TB, Ohuoha C, McCance-Katz EF.

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Dec 1;205:107616. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107616. 



Validation of the Malay Version of Mini-IPIP among Substance Use Disorder Patients Attending Methadone Clinics in Malaysia.

Leong FW, Mohd Yasin MA, Muhd Ramli ER, Fadzil NA, Kueh YC.

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Nov 12;16(22). pii: E4434. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16224434.


Effectiveness of a Psycho-Social Intervention Aimed at Reducing Attrition at Methadone Maintenance Treatment Clinics: A Propensity Score Matching Analysis.

Fan X, Zhang X, Xu H, Yang F, Lau JTF, Hao C, Li J, Zhao Y, Hao Y, Gu J.

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Nov 7;16(22). pii: E4337. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16224337.


USA. Study: Prior Authorization Requirement for Addiction Meds Is Killing NY Drug Users

Harm reduction activists in New York state are demanding increased access to lifesaving opioid use disorder medications, saying that regulatory barriers to accessing drugs like methadone and buprenorphine are deadly for drug users and financially wasteful for the state. (Filter, USA. 10.12.2019)


USA. Walk-in Clinics for Opioid Addiction Offer Meds First, Fast

In St. Louis, Seattle and San Francisco, people with opioid addictions can start medication on their first day of treatment. Early research suggests the approach can change lives. But it will be a tough sell elsewhere: Nearly two-thirds of U.S. treatment centers don’t offer anti-addiction drugs and there’s resistance to easy access. (AT Forum, USA, 19.12.2019)


Inside the Drug Rehab for the World's Super-Rich 

Paracelsus Recovery is the most exclusive rehab in the world, attracting A-listers, royalty and people worth more money than entire countries. (VICE, UK, 05.12.2019)


The Decade-Long Chinese Methadone Maintenance Therapy Yields Large Population and Economic Benefits for Drug Users in Reducing Harm, HIV and HCV Disease Burden.

Zhang L, Zou X, Xu Y, Medland N, Deng L, Liu Y, Su S, Ling L.

Front Public Health. 2019 Nov 12;7:327. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00327.


Modelling Long-Term Joint Trajectories of Heroin Use and Treatment Utilisation: Findings from the Australian Treatment Outcome Study.

Marel C, Mills KL, Slade T, Darke S, Ross J, Teesson M.

EClinicalMedicine. 2019 Aug 8;14:71-79. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2019.07.013. 


Attitudes of primary care physicians toward prescribing buprenorphine: a narrative review.

Louie DL, Assefa MT, McGovern MP.

BMC Fam Pract. 2019 Nov 15;20(1):157. doi: 10.1186/s12875-019-1047-z. 


USA. 'Get Out of the Way DEA,' Physicians Bid to Treat Addiction

Emergency physicians in the United States are calling again for changes to legislation so that they can more easily prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opioid addictions. (Medscape, 05.12.2019)


The Evolution of Addiction Treatment and Harm Reduction Programs in Iran: A Chaotic Response or a Synergistic Diversity?. 

Ekhtiari, H., Noroozi, A., Farhoudian, A., Radfar, R., Hajebi, A., Sefatian, S., Zare‐bidoky, M., Razaghi, E. M., Mokri, A., Movaghar, A. R., and Rawson, R. ( 


Addiction, doi.org/10.1111/add.14905. 



Optimisation of methadone treatment in a group of patients on a mephedrone binge and dependent on many psychoactive substances.

Ordak M, Nasierowski T, Muszynska E, Bujalska-Zadrozny M.

Int J Psychiatry Clin Pract. 2019 Oct 30:1-5. doi: 10.1080/13651501.2019.1682172.



Opioid agonist treatment scale-up and the initiation of injection drug use: A dynamic modeling analysis.

Marks C, Borquez A, Jain S, Sun X, Strathdee SA, Garfein RS, et al. (2019) PLoS Med 16(11): e1002973. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002973


Facilitating Methadone Use in Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Pytell JD, Sharfstein JM, Olsen Y. 

JAMA Intern Med. Published online November 18, 2019. doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.5731



Beyond Methadone - improving health and empowering patients in opioid treatment

Hepatitis C, Overdose Prevention, Syringe Exchange, Buprenorphine & Other Opportunities to Make Programs Work For Patients. (VOCAL-NY and Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center (CDP), New York/USA, Oktober 2019)


Island. Harm Reduction Strategy Aims to Prevent Spread of HIV

A small group of individuals struggling with addiction has been receiving the medications Ritalin or Contalgin in exchange for taking HIV or Hepatitis C medication, Vísir reports. The initiative aims to decrease the spread of HIV And Hepatitis C among drug users. Staff of Reykjavík’s Welfare Department distribute the medications. (Iceland Review, Island, 08.11.2019)


Defining a recovery-oriented cascade of care for opioid use disorder: A community-driven, statewide cross-sectional assessment.

Yedinak JL, Goedel WC, Paull K, Lebeau R, Krieger MS, Thompson C, et al. (2019) 

PLoS Med 16(11): e1002963. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002963


Seychellen. Why Seychelles has world's worst heroin problem

The island paradise of Seychelles is suffering from a drug epidemic of huge proportions.

Between 5,000 and 6,000 people out of a total population of 94,000 - the equivalent of nearly 10% of the working population - are addicted to heroin, according to the Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation (APDAR) in the Seychelles. (BBC, UK, 21.11.2019)


A state-level study of opioid use disorder treatment access and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Wolf ER, Tong ST, Sabo RT, Woolf SH, Abbinanti K, Pecsok J, Krist AH.

BMC Pediatr. 2019 Oct 23;19(1):371. doi: 10.1186/s12887-019-1718-x.


USA. Is opioid treatment available to those who need it most?

The U.S. opioid epidemic is still raging—it's particularly pronounced in low-income areas and in those where people lack access to health care services, which includes cities in Michigan and across the Rust Belt. But the effectiveness of efforts to provide treatment and recovery options to those who need it most—that is, in locations with the greatest number of deaths from opioid overdose—has been unclear. (Michigan State University, USA, 14.11.2019)