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Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid-Dependent Incarcerated Populations in New Mexico: Statewide Efforts to Increase Access

NCJ Number
Substance Abuse Volume: 33 Issue: 1 Dated: January-March 2012 Pages: 76-84
Bruce G. Trigg, M.D.; Samuel L. Dickman, AB
Date Published
February 2012
9 pages
This article discusses drug treatments for opioid addiction.
An acute awareness of the profound social and medical costs associated with heroin and opiate addiction in New Mexico has led a group of advocates from public health, state and local governments, corrections, academia, and community activists to collaborate for the purpose of increasing access to medication-assisted therapy (MAT) with buprenorphine and methadone in New Mexico. This paper describes these collaborations, with a focus on the evolution of harm reduction approaches to substance abuse disorders and successful efforts to make MAT available to incarcerated persons. (Published Abstract)