Prevalence and Change in Psychiatric Symptomatology Among Methadone Maintenance Patients

  • John C. Ball
  • Alan Ross


Investigating the prevalence of psychiatric factors among drug abusers has been a subject of study in the United States for more than 50 years.1 Most of the early studies focused on opiate addicts, as they comprised the principal population of drug abusers at risk for hospitalization or imprisonment. Pescor’s study of the clinical records of 1036 addicts hospitalized at Lexington during 1936–1937 referred primarily to opiate abusers.1 Pescor’s analysis was followed by a succession of other studies that also investigated personality factors and psychopathology among opiate abusers.2,3,4


Composite Score Psychiatric Symptom Drug Abuse Treatment Methadone Maintenance Treatment Methadone Maintenance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Ball
    • 1
  • Alan Ross
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute on Drug Abuse-Addiction Research CenterUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiostatisticsJohns Hopkins School of HygieneBaltimoreUSA

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