Treatment: New Web Site Provides Resources on Opiate Agonist Therapy 8/5/05

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A new resource for patients, advocates, and opiate agonist treatment providers has appeared on the world-wide web. The web site, Medical Assisted Treatment is a project of Advocates for Recovery through Medicine (ARM), a Georgia-based nonprofit organization devoted to education and advocacy of opiate agonist therapies. Opiate agonists are drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine (see related story this issue) that prevent opiate withdrawal, block the effects of illicit opiate use, and decrease opiate craving.

Both methadone and buprenorphine maintenance are proven treatments for heroin or other opioid addictions, but operate under tight restrictions in the United States. These treatments are also scorned by a significant section of the population as somehow coddling drug users or attracting drug users into neighborhoods.

ARM, led by director Deborah Shrira, seeks to change that. The organization, Shira writes, "is comprised of advocates working to end the discrimination and the stigma attached to opiate agonist treatment for over forty years. We function as mediators for patients to assure that quality treatment has not been compromised. We work to change the way the world looks at addiction. Addiction is a Disease! We are here to expose the truth and open people's eyes if they are open-minded enough to give us some of their time and let go of their tunnel-vision."

With links to discussion forums, academic research, legal pages, opiate agonist treatment information, news, and much, much more, Medical Assisted Treatment should serve as a valuable resource for people interested in the topic. Visit http://www.medicalassistedtreatment.org to check it out.

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Issue #398 -- 8/5/05

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