Literature Reviewed: Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program in China

Abstract

The two literature I have reviewed are both studies of the methadone maintenance treatment program in China, with significant differences in their timing. The two articles are similar in that they both focus on the factors that influence clients retention, but differ in the specific subject matter. The former was undertaken in 2009 when the program was still being explored and the authors were also exploring whether the administration of methadone doses affected client retention. The latter study will be carried out in 2019, which will show how the project has evolved over the years. The subject of the study is not the client, but the staff involved in providing the service. The reason for choosing these two articles, their reasons and conclusions can be mutually reinforcing and give us a more comprehensive view of the methadone maintenance treatment program in China. While both teams understand that the drug problem in China is more of a moral issue, they focus too much on the exact data in their specific analyses, neglecting the possibility of exploring other aspects of data collection such as interviews. The methadone maintenance treatment regimens are still at a rudimentary stage in China and more research is needed on how to use them more effectively to achieve harm reduction.



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Jiaorui Ouyang, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

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Conference: ACAS2021
Stream: Chinese Studies

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