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Treating Opioid-Involved Criminal Justice Clients: An Examination of Mental Health Problems and Medication-Assisted Treatment  

Author:  Julie S.  Gray.; Sarah L.  Desmarais.; Amy M.  Cohn.; Stephen  Doherty.; Kevin  Knight.

Source: Volume 18, Number 06, March/April 2015 , pp.81-88(8)

Offender Programs Report

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The ongoing debate about the use of MAT in the criminal justice setting continues despite increasing evidence regarding the potential benefits of providing MAT as part of a comprehensive treatment approach designed to reduce drug use and criminal activity. Proponents of MAT cite the empirical research demonstrating its effectiveness at improving substance abuse outcomes, while the opposing side argues for MAt avaoidance to teach criminal-justice-involved individuals not to rely on substances to manage life problems and to take full responsibility for their recovery.

Keywords: extended release Vivitrol; opiate antagonist; opiate abstinence; Suboxone; mental health symptoms; Binomial Logistic Regression Model

Affiliations:  1: Texas Christian University; 2: North Carolina State University; 3: American Legacy Foundation; 4: Gateway Foundation; 5: Texas Christian University, co-editor.

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