About the Session:
The LTHT-methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) clinic in Saint John, New Brunswick follows the intent-to-treat model with an open referral process, a non-punitive approach to urine drug screening, and no mandatory psychosocial counseling. One-year evaluation of the clinic revealed a high retention rate, and significant decrease in illicit opioid use. Herein, we report police interactions and charges for the same randomized retrospective cohort of LTHT-MMT patients as a surrogate measure for lifestyle stability.We examined the police records of the patients in eight possible roles ranging from suspect to victim, in the three years before enrollment, and in the three years after methadone stabilization. We observed a year-to-year increase in police-interactions and charges before enrollment and a decrease after methadone stabilization. Multilevel model for change analyses showed statistically significant positive slopes before enrollment and negative slopes after stabilization. LTHT-MMT decreased police-interaction and charges, thereby suggesting improved lifestyle stability of patients.
Dr. Alli Murugesan is an enthusiastic translational research scientist, working at the University of New Brunswick. She obtained her PhD in Biotechnology from India, and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowships in Neuroscience and Cancer Biology in Canada. She obtained her clinical research experience as a Research Associate with Dr. Timothy Christie, the Regional Director of Ethics at the Saint John Regional Hospital.