Medication-assisted therapy for opioid-dependent incarcerated populations in New Mexico: statewide efforts to increase access

Bruce G Trigg, Samuel L Dickman
Substance Abuse 2012, 33 (1): 76-84
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.

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