FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Rafael Lemaitre / Jennifer de Vallance
Tuesday, October 9, 2001
ACTING WHITE HOUSE DRUG POLICY DIRECTOR TO GIVE
KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE AMERICAN METHADONE TREATMENT ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
IN ST LOUIS OCTOBER 10th
11:30 am Millenium Hotel,
St. Louis, Missouri
(Washington, DC)Edward H. Jurith, Acting
Director of the Office of National Drug Control
Policy (ONDCP), will give the keynote address to
the American Methadone Treatment Association conference
Tuesday, October 10th at 11:30 am. The keynote
address is open to the press and will take place
in the ballroom of the Millennium Hotel, 200 S.
Fourth St in St. Louis.
Acting Director Jurith stated, "Providing access
to proven treatment methods for America's chronic
drug abusers is a worthwhile endeavor. It is both
compassionate public policy and a sound investment.
National studies have found that methadone treatment
reduced participants' heroin use by 70 percent
and their criminal activity by 57 percent, while
increasing full-time employment by 24 percent.
We commend the American Methadone Treatment Association
for bringing together patient advocates, regulators,
decision makers and public officials from all levels
to discuss how we can further improve treatment
systems for addicted individuals.
Juirth continued, "AMTA along with the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
(CSAT) have also made a major step forward by issuing
new clinical guidelines for methadone treatment.
These guidelines substantially and fundamentally
reform the federal government's role in assuring
that methadone treatment programs are both effective
and accountable for results."
Methadone is dispensed from more than nine hundred
specialized clinics around the United States within
the context of counseling, drug testing, and other
services required by federal, state, and local
The American Methadone Treatment Association works
with federal agencies and state substance abuse
authorities concerning methadone policy. The American
Methadone Treatment Association developed the State
Methadone Guidelines, in conjunction with the American
Society of Addiction Medicine, for the Center for
Substance Abuse Treatment.