The Methadone Maintenance Program, under the direction of Vincent Dole, MD, and Marie Nyswander, MD, has now been in operation for approximately four years. It was initiated by a grant from the New York City Health Research Council, has been continued and expanded by a contract from New York City Department of Hospitals through the Inter-departmental Health Council to Beth Israel Medical Center and, as of Oct 1, 1967, the program has been funded through the State of New York Narcotic Addiction Control Commission. This program is an outgrowth of work at Rockefeller University which indicated that methadone maintenance offered hope as a treatment modality in the rehabilitation of "hard core" heroin addicts.
The charge to the Evaluation Unit at the Columbia University School of Public Health and Administrative Medicine has been to attempt to evaluate the results of this program in an objective manner
Progress Report of Evaluation of Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program as of March 31, 1968. JAMA. 1968;206(12):2712–2714. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150120046010
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