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January 12, 2022

Methadone on Wheels—A New Option to Expand Access to Care Through Mobile Units

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Psychiatry. 2022;79(3):187-188. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.3716

Methadone is the oldest approved medication for treating opioid use disorder (OUD) and, for many patients, it is the optimal treatment for managing symptoms and reducing overdose risk.1 Methadone has been dispensed exclusively through highly regulated opioid treatment programs (OTPs), which operate in fixed locations since it was authorized for OUD 50 years ago.1 A legacy of this regulated system is a lack of treatment access.1

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    1 Comment for this article
    Typo - SAMHSA includes Mental Health SERVICES, not just Mental Health in name - nit but important
    Devin Hosea, AB | King's College London - Institute for Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
    NB: This online article, in the sixth and seventh paragraph, refers to the "Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration" when in fact it is the "Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration", or SAMHSA, commonly pronounced "samsa". You might want to fix this typo before it goes to print.