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Methadone Maintenance Treatment During Incarceration Has Long-Term Benefits

Prisoners who received methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) during incarceration were more likely than prisoners who did not receive MMT to engage in the treatment after being released.

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New Studies Clarify Risk Factors for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

A recent NIDA-sponsored study found higher rates of NAS among males than among females. A second study found that, among infants whose mothers were treated with buprenorphine while pregnant, NAS was more severe among those whose mothers used other substances.

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Variation in the Gene for the μ-Opioid Receptor May Influence Responses to Methadone

A single nucleotide polymorphism in the messenger RNA of the µ-opioid receptor gene was associated with patients’ responses to methadone treatment for opioid dependence.

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Study Points to Individualized Therapy for Opioid Addiction

Trial participants who were addicted to opioid painkillers and did not inject drugs stayed in treatment longer and achieved better outcomes than those who were addicted to heroin or injected drugs.

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