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December 16, 1968

Successful Treatment of 750 Criminal Addicts

Author Affiliations

From Rockefeller University and Beth Israel Medical Center, New York.

JAMA. 1968;206(12):2708-2711. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150120042009

A four year trial of methadone blockade treatment has shown 94% success in ending the criminal activity of former heroin addicts. The majority of these patients are now productively employed, living as responsible citizens, and supporting families. The results show unequivocally that criminal addicts can be rehabilitated by a well-supervised maintenance program.