A1 – Foundations of Medication Assisted Treatment


  • Laura McNicholas, MD, PhD

    Medical Consultant

  • Kenneth Stoller, MD

    Director, Johns Hopkins Broadway Center for Addiction; Assistant Professor
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Methadone maintenance treatment has been available for decades; yet many clinicians do not understand how and why it is effective in treating opioid dependence and addiction. The presenters will review the basic elements of opioid agonist treatment; examine the pharmacologic aspects of methadone; present initial screening, admission procedures, and assessment techniques; describe associated medical, psychiatric and substance abuse conditions associated with opioid addiction; evaluate the efficacy of methadone therapy; and review other opioid agonist treatments.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the effectiveness of methadone in treating opioid use disorder; ectiveness of medication assisted treatment in treating opioid use disorder.
  • Discuss the efficacy and safety of methadone; and
  • Identify key bio-psychosocial issues patients may experience during medication assisted treatment.

As supporters of #MedicationAssistedTreatment, we understand the dangers of allowing methadone – a Schedule II narcotic – to be distributed at local pharmacies. 
ACT NOW by telling Congress to protect the #OTP standard of care & our communities: https://programnotapill.com/write-congress/ #PNAP

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