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Methadone Maintenance: A Medical Approach to Heroin Addiction

  • A. Tagliamonte
  • I. Maremmani
  • D. Meloni
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Abstract

The issue of assistance to drug addicts in Italy still presents different elements of confusion. One of the main sources of confusion is the distinction between legal and illegal substances of abuse. Such distinction has two consequences: first, it leads to restrict the term “drug addict” to consumers of illecit drugs. Second, in the evaluation of the behavioral modifications produced by drug assumption, it brings a factor of uncertainty in distinguishing between pure psychiatric symptoms and crimes. Recently, the legislator has contributed to complicate even more the issue by punishing whoever carries illicit substancies, independently of the amount. The drug addict may be, thus, defined either as a patient criminalized for his disease or as a criminal who tries to take advantage from a disease.

Keywords

Drug Addiction Methadone Maintenance Drug Addict Therapeutic Community Heroin Addict 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Tagliamonte
    • 1
  • I. Maremmani
    • 2
  • D. Meloni
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Pharmacology and Biochemical PathologyUniversity of CagliariCagliariItaly
  2. 2.Institute of PsychiatryUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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