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Many therapeutic communities adhere to a drug-free philosophy and refuse to admit patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). Researchers compared outcomes in patients receiving MMT and patients not receiving MMT who participated in a 12-month treatment program for opioid dependence.
To determine what patient characteristics and healthcare use patterns are associated with adherence to treatment for alcohol use disorders, researchers analyzed pharmacy records to determine prescription adherence to oral naltrexone.
Thousands of people have died since the Mexican government began a crackdown on drug cartels two years ago, but government officials say the violence is actually a sign of progress as trafficking gangs fight over smaller scraps of the drug business.