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Infographic: Benzodiazepine Use and Medication-Assisted Treatment

Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA) April 2014
PDF PDF available here for download <click here…> (293KB, 1pp)


Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: How States Can Help Advance the Knowledge Base for Primary Prevention and Best Practices of Care

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials March 2014.

PDF PDF available online at: http://www.astho.org/Prevention/NAS-Neonatal-Abstinence-Report/ (597KB, 28pp)


Confronting the Stigma of Opioid Use Disorder—and Its Treatment 

Journal of the American Medical Association February 26, 2014.



Medication-Assisted Treatment With Methadone: Assessing the Evidence

Psychiatric Services February 1, 2014.



Medication-Assisted Treatment With Buprenorphine: Assessing the Evidence

Psychiatric Services February 1, 2014.



Medication Assisted Treatment: A Standard of Care. An interview with Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, SAMHSA

February 2014.

PDF PDF available here for download <click here…> (251KB, 2pp)


Medscape Ask the Pharmacist: Methadone or Buprenorphine for Maintenance Therapy of Opioid Addiction: What's the Right Duration?

February 3, 2014.


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The Joint Commisssion Revised Requirements For Opioid Treatment Programs Effective March 23, 2014

January 16, 2014.



Advancing Service Integration in Opioid Treatment Programs for the Care and Treatment of Hepatitis C Infection

International Journal of Clinical Medicine January 2014.



Advancing Access to Addiction Medications Report

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) December 2013.

PDF available at: http://www.asam.org/docs/advocacy/Implications-for-Opioid-Addiction-Treatment


Transfer from Methadone to Buprenorphine by Paul P. Casadonte, MD
PCSS-MAT December 5, 2013.

PDF available at: http://pcssmat.org/wp-site/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/PCSS-MATGuidanceTransferMethadonetoBup.Casadonte.pdf


Management of Benzodiazepines in Medication-Assisted Treatment Final Report on the Development of Clinical Guidelines
IRETA November 2013.

PDF available at: http://ireta.org/sites/ireta.org/files/Best%20Practice%20Guidelines%20for%20BZDs%20in%20MAT%202013_0.pdf


AATOD Guidelines for Guest Medication

July 2013.




Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.

May 2013.

PDF PDF available at: http://www.bhsbaltimore.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Benzo-Guidelines-FINAL-May-2013.pdf


ATTC Addiction Messenger Part 1: Medication-Assisted Treatment - Setting the Context

July 2012.

MAT Part 1


ATTC Addiction Messenger Part 2: Medication-Assisted Treatment - Helping Patients Succeed

August 2012.

MAT Part 2


ATTC Addiction Messenger Part 3: Medication-Assisted Treatment – Implementation Challenges and Strategies

September 2012.

MAT Part 3


Opioid Abuse During Pregnancy Spurs Medical Treatment Guidance Opinion Paper

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

April 2012.



Using Medication to Support Recovery - Research and Practice Updates

Addiction Technology Transer Center (ATTC)

Volume 10. Issue 1

PDFPDF available here for download <click here... > (1.45MB, 10pp)


Legality of Denying Access to Medication Assisted Treatment in the Criminal Justice System

Legal Action Center October 2011.

This report examines the prevalence of opiate addiction in the criminal justice system, its devastating consequences, and the widespread denial of access to one of its most effective forms of treatment: medication assisted treatment (“MAT”).

The report then analyzes the circumstances in which the denial of MAT violates Federal anti-discrimination laws and the United States Constitution.

The PDF is available online at: http://www.lac.org/doc_library/lac/publications/MAT_Report_FINAL_12-1-2011.pdf


Beyond Methadone: Improving the Health of Patients in Opioid Treatment Programs

Vocal-NY Released October, 2011

HTML Online PDF available for download at: http://www.vocal-ny.org/2011/10/06/beyond-methadone-improving-the-health-of-patients/



Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems, the official journal of EUROPAD (European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association), is a peer-reviewed publication for professionals wanting to stay informed of research and opinion on opioid misuse treatment in Europe and around the world. A particular emphasis is on medication-assisted treatments for opioid addiction. Full copies of the journal dating back to its inception in 1999 are available for free download as PDF documents. September 2013 issue added September 23, 2013.
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Narcotics Anonymous and the Pharmacotherapeutic Treatment of Opioid Addiction in the United States

By William L. White, MA

Released 2011.

PDFPDF available here for download <click here... > (311KB, 64pp)


Research Article - Distance Traveled and Cross-State Commuting to Opioid Treatment Programs in the United States

Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 948789, 10 pages, doi:10.1155/2011/948789.

This study examined commuting patterns among 23,141 methadone patients enrolling in 84 opioid treatment programs (OTPs) in the United States from 2005-2009.

PDFPDF available here for download <click here... > (1.14MB,10pp)


Research Article - Benzodiazepine Use and Misuse Among Patients in a Methadone Program

Chen et al.: Benzodiazepine Use and Misuse Among Patients in a Methadone Program. BMC Psychiatry 2011 11:90.

PDFPDF available here for download <click here... > (170KB,7pp)


Treatment of Opioid Dependence in Pregnancy Vermont Guidelines

March 23, 2011

PDFPDF available here for download at: http://www.uvm.edu/medicine/vchip/documents/ICONFULLTREATMENTGUIDELINESFINAL.pdf (1.26MB, 98pp)

Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse

National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)

HTML Online http://www.nida.nih.gov/consequences/


Recovery-Oriented Methadone Maintenance Monograph

Released October 2010.

There are growing calls to shift the acute-care model of addiction treatment to a model of sustained recovery support analogous to the long-term management of other chronic diseases. The purpose of this monograph written by William White, MA, and Lisa Mojer-Torres, JD, is to explore what this shift means to the design and delivery of methadone maintenance (MM) treatment and the status of MM treatment and MM patients in the United States.

PDFPDF available here for download <click here... > (1.0MB,168pp)


Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Booklets for Patients, Families and Friends

A series of three booklets produced in October 2009, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)), are designed to provide basic information about MAT for opioid addiction including medication options for treatment - methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine. The booklets also explain how medication options fit into the overall recovery process.

One booklet is directed at families and friends of patients entering MAT. The other two booklets present facts about naltrexone and buprenorphine and are directed at patients entering MAT.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction - Facts for Families and Friends
PDF PDF available here for download <click here…> (1.4MB, 20pp)

The Facts About Buprenorphine for Treatment of Opioid Addiction

PDF PDF available here for download <click here,,,> (2.13MB, 16pp)

The Facts About Naltrexone for Treatment of Opioid Addiction

PDF PDF available here for download <click here...> (594 KB, 16 pp)


Methadone and Buprenorphine Treatment for Pregnant Women Patient Education Brochure

Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.

PDF PDF available at: http://www.bhsbaltimore.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Meth-Bup-Treatment-for-Pregnant-Women-20131.pdf


CSAT TIP 43 Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs
Released November 2005.
PDF PDF available here for download <click here…> (1.33MB, 356pp)

Quick Guide for Clinicians – Based on TIP 43 – Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Addiction Treatment Programs

Released May 2007.
This Quick Guide is based on TIP 43 and is designed to meet the needs of the busy clinician for concise, easily accessed how-to information.
PDF PDF available here for download <click here…> (215KB, 44pp)

Knowledge Application Program (KAP) Keys for Clinicians – Based on TIP 43 – Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Addiction Treatment Programs.

Released May 2007.
PDF PDF available here for download <click here…> (244KB, 22pp)

SAMHSA - Medication-Assisted Treatment Patients’ Rights

Printed 2009.

PDF PDF available here for download <click here…> (414KB, 21pp)

Methadone Treatment for Pregnant Women

A 2-page brochure from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Printed 2006.
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Does Methadone Formulation Make A Difference?
Stewart B. Leavitt, MA, PhD; Editor. Released 2003.
pdf PDF available here for download <click here… > (36KB, 1pp)


world travel guideWorld Travel Guide for MMT Patients
Advice for travelers on methadone maintenance covers the world from A to Z: Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and nearly 200 countries in between. A project of INDRO e. V. in Germany.
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Updated MAT Primer for Patients from DPA

About Methadone and Buprenorphine is a revised (2006) 50-page booklet from the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) that covers most of the questions patients and their loved ones might have about Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). There also is a brief discussion on buprenorphine, added in this 2nd edition. Written in nontechnical language, it gives facts, dispels myths, and also provides helpful tips on such topics as traveling with methadone, storing the drug, concerns about overdose, and much more.

To obtain copies, contact the Drug Policy Alliance at 212-613-8020; e-mail to

<Click here> to visit the DPA publications library where you can download a PDF file copy of the booklet.

"Methadone in the Treatment of Narcotic Addiction"
Andrew Byrne, MD
This book is a good read for physicians and other health care workers interested in a broad understanding of addiction and methadone maintenance. Byrne presents his experiences gathered from over a decade of practice in the field in a straightforward, fact-filled manner.
HTML Online <Click her to view web book online...>


Methadone Medical Maintenance Manual
David A. Fiellin, Michael V. Pantalon, Patrick G. O'Connor. This manual describes procedures involved in the delivery of Medical Management (MM) of methadone maintenance treatment by a trained physician in a primary care setting.; 1998
pdf PDF available here for download <click here…> (49KB, 20pp)

Methadone Treatment Works

A Compendium for Methadone Maintenance Treatment. Monograph Series Number 2, December 1994, A Monograph of The Chemical Dependency Research Working Group. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
pdf PDF available here for download <click here…> (265KB, 47pp)

Methadone Patients and the Treatment of Pain

Section from CDRWG Monograph 2, Payte JG, Khuri K, Joseph H, Woods J.;1994
(MS Word Document available here for download <click here…> (48KB, 8pp)


"Exploring the World of Opioid Dependency" DVD

Exploring the World of Opioid Dependency is a new informational video (running time: approx: 15 min) produced exclusively for the Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia (OTPG) and it's members. It is an informative and emotional overview of addiction, it's impact on lives and most importantly, the treatment solutions and healing that is possible.

To order the stigma-reduction DVD, "Exploring the World of Opioid Dependency," go to http://www.otpgeorgia.org/otpg-video.php. The cost is $40 for non-OTPG members.

"The Joy of Being Normal" - Short Video Paints Positive MMT Portrait

This is a short (7 1/3 minutes) video that skillfully illustrates the benefits of methadone as a medication allowing people to live normal and productive lives. Several vignettes reveal examples of "secret successes" that have so often been hidden from public view – MMT patients flourishing in everyday life, with responsible jobs and loving families.

The film is excellently produced, culturally diverse, attention-grabbing, and suitable for any audience. It is certain to generate further interest and set a very positive tone for discussions with community groups, healthcare professionals, families and prospective patients, and others. Indeed, this innovative production can be a powerful tool to help spark the sort of open dialogue that may help abolish the enduring, unjustified stigma surrounding this vital treatment modality.

Copies of The Joy of Being Normal can be ordered from Danya International: 8737 Colesville Rd., Suite 1100; Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Phone: 866-774-1735. The video costs $9.95.
HTML Online <click here to order online…>


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