Structural interventions to improve opiate maintenance

Robert Heimer, Sarah Bray, Scott Burris, Kaveh Khoshnood, Kim M. Blankenship

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Public health interventions targeting drug users can focus on changing individual risk behaviors or on changing the social and environmental contexts which facilitate individual risk taking. In this article, we focus on the latter interventions, creating a framework for understanding which structural interventions might be useful in reducing risk. We apply the framework to the example of opiate maintenance therapy in the United States to supply examples of structural barriers to maintenance therapy and describe how structural interventions can be useful in reducing these barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Drug Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 19 2002


  • HIV prevention
  • Methadone
  • Substance abuse treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy


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