Volume 19, Issue 3 (July 1974)

    Opiate Overdose Deaths in the District of Columbia. Part II—Methadone-Related Fatalities

    (Received 20 June 1973; accepted 10 December 1973)

    Published Online: July

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    With widespread clinical utilization of methadone as a treatment modality for heroin addiction, public attention has been drawn increasingly of late to its potential for diversion to nontherapeutic situations. Deaths directly related to the abuse of black-market methadone have received considerable notoriety in the District of Columbia and elsewhere. Much can and has been learned relating to the complex epidemiological dynamics of the situation, where careful examination of a cohort of methadone-related fatalities has afforded promulgation of reasoned public policy decisions relative to community methadone utilization. Countermeasures taken to control the problem here have proven remarkably effective.


    Author Information:

    Luke, JL
    Chief Medical Examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and Administrator, Narcotics Treatment Administration, Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.

    Greene, MH
    Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, U.S. Public Health Service, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, Ga.

    DuPont, RL
    Chief Medical Examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and Administrator, Narcotics Treatment Administration, Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.


    Stock #: JFS10214J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10214J

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    Title Opiate Overdose Deaths in the District of Columbia. Part II—Methadone-Related Fatalities
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