Modeling The Costs and Effects of Maintenance Treatment for Opiate Addiction

  • Gregory S. Zaric
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 70)


In this chapter we discuss recent operations research advances in modeling drug treatment programs for injection drug users, in particular maintenance treatment programs for opioid addicts. We focus on four main questions for which operations research techniques have proven beneficial: How effective are opioid maintenance programs? Do the benefits of methadone maintenance treatment justify its costs? Are alternative forms of maintenance treatment cost effective? If opioid maintenance treatment programs are expanded, how many new treatment slots are needed? We discuss a number of methodological issues and highlight directions for future research.

Key words

HIV Methadone Cost-effectiveness analysis Cost-benefit analysis 


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  • Gregory S. Zaric
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  1. 1.Richard Ivey School of BusinessUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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