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Behav Sci Law. 2011 Nov-Dec;29(6):829-45. doi: 10.1002/bsl.1015.

Medication-assisted treatment research with criminal justice populations: challenges of implementation.

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Friends Research Institute and Department of Criminal Justice, Stevenson University, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA. mgordon@friendsresearch.org

Abstract

Creating, implementing and evaluating substance abuse interventions, especially medication-assisted treatments, for prisoners, parolees, and probationers with histories of heroin addiction is an especially challenging endeavor because of the difficulty in coordinating and achieving cooperation among diverse criminal justice, substance abuse treatment, research, and social service agencies, each with its own priorities and agenda. In addition, there are special rules that must be followed when conducting research with criminal justice-involved populations, particularly prisoners. The following case studies will explore the authors' experience of over 10 years conducting pharmacotherapy research using methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone with criminal justice populations. The major obstacles and how they were overcome are presented. Finally, recommendations are provided with regard to implementing and conducting research with criminal justice populations.

PMID:
22086665
PMCID:
PMC3243915
DOI:
10.1002/bsl.1015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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