Retention and outcomes for clients attending a methadone clinic in a resource-constrained setting: a mixed methods prospective cohort study in Imphal, Northeast India
Michelle Kermode, Robedi Sharma Choudhurimayum, Lenin Singh Rajkumar, Tilahun Haregu, Greg Armstrong
Harm Reduction Journal | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2020
Background: Opioid substitution therapy (OST) with buprenorphine has been widely available in India since 2007, but the introduction of methadone occurred much later in 2012, and availability remains limited. Illicit injecting drug use is a long-standing public health problem in Manipur, a state in Northeast India characterised by major resource constraints and political unrest. We investigated retention and outcomes for clients attending a methadone-based OST program in Manipur with the aim of strengthening the evidence base for development of relevant policies and programs. Methods: All clients enrolling in the methadone clinic over a 1 year period were invited to be part of a prospective..View full abstract
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The project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-the funder was not involved in the collection or analysis of data, or in drafting the manuscript.