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Methadone - Social Benefits

November 11, 20211 min read

On Cracking Addiction this week

Methadone has a number of benefits that extend from not only the person taking it but also society as a whole. Methadone decreases criminality with the overall reduction in convictions and cautions estimated to be at 10% for each six months enrolled in methadone maintenance therapy with patients in continuous treatment receiving the best outcomes.

Generally patients receiving a daily dose of 60 mg or more have better treatment outcomes than those receiving less than 60 mg in terms of:
• Retention in treatment
• Unsanctioned opioid use
• Criminal activity

Methadone is also cost effective with evidence from the National Institute on Drug Abuse in America from 2018 revealing that every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft. When savings related to healthcare are included the total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1.

More local evidence from the 'Final Report of the National Ice Taskforce' in 2015 in Australia revealed that:
• For every $1 invested in treatment services, more than $7 is returned to the community through health and social benefits.
• For every $1 spent on needle and syringe exchange programs, the community saves $27 in future cost.

Thus in summary Methadone is a cost effect and effective treatment for opioid use disorder that has significant benefits to society as a whole.

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Dr Thileepan Naren

Dr. Thileepan Naren, an esteemed medical professional, holds prestigious qualifications including MBBS, FACRRM, FRACGP, and FAChAM, showcasing his extensive expertise in the field. Renowned as an Addiction Medicine Specialist, he brings a wealth of experience to the forefront, particularly in catering to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalised communities. With a proven track record, Dr. Naren exemplifies dedication and compassion in providing comprehensive healthcare solutions to those in need.

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