The complex social challenges faced by long-term participants on methadone maintenance treatment will be highlighted in a new research report commissioned by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Task Force (DLRDATF).
The report will be launched by Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, this coming Monday, 10th December, at 9.45am at the Assembly Hall (the Old Town Hall), Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.
The report, “Just Maintaining the Status Quo”?: The Experience of Long-term Participants in Methadone Maintenance Treatment was written by a team of researchers from Trinity College Dublin, led by Dr. Paula Mayock. It examines the experiences of 25 people who have been on methadone treatment plans for 10 years or more.
Commenting in advance of the launch, Dr. Mayock said: “This is the first study in Ireland that specifically focuses on people receiving methadone maintenance treatment for 10 years or more. What the research findings show is that the needs of these people cannot be met through medical treatments alone. Long-term methadone-users need a range of social interventions and supports, including education, training, housing and family welfare supports, in addition to medical treatments.”
Recommendations on how the study can be used to support the needs of long-term methadone-users and their social-reintegration will be outlined at the launch. Speakers at the event will include:
- Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD;
- Sandra Campbell, Chairperson, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Taskforce;
- Author of the report, Dr. Paula Mayock, Trinity College Dublin;
- Dr. Eamonn Keenan, National Clinical Lead, Addiction Services, HSE; and
- Philomena Poole, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.