A case for addressing cigarette use in methadone and other opioid treatment programs

Kimber Paschall Richter, Jasjit S. Ahluwalia

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Abstract

Most persons attending drug treatment smoke cigarettes. They will eventually experience predictable, but devastatingly high, tobacco-related mortality. Recent studies indicate that many clients are ready to quit smoking and that quitting does not threaten progress made in treatment. Methadone and other opioid treatment providers are in an excellent position to address tobacco use among their clients. The present paper describes the prevalence of smoking among methadone clients, reviews promising interventions, and describes how programs can implement a systematic approach to smoking cessation that includes creating a cue system for identifying smokers, providing brief on-site intervention, and arranging follow-up or more intensive treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-52
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Volume19
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Methadone maintenance
  • Substance abuse
  • Tobacco
  • Treatment

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