Federal Regulation of Methadone Treatment

Richard A. Rettig and Adam Yarmolinsky, Editors

Committee on Federal Regulation of Methadone Treatment

Division of Biobehavioral Sciences and Mental Disorders

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C.
1995



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--> Federal Regulation of Methadone Treatment Richard A. Rettig and Adam Yarmolinsky, Editors Committee on Federal Regulation of Methadone Treatment Division of Biobehavioral Sciences and Mental Disorders INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS Washington, D.C. 1995

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--> COMMITTEE ON THE FEDERAL REGULATION OF METHADONE TREATMENT ADAM YARMOLINSKY (Chairman), Regents Professor of Public Policy in the University of Maryland System, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland M. DOUGLAS ANGLIN, Director, Drug Abuse Research Center, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, California JOHN C. BALL, Senior Scientist, Center for Studies on Addiction, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania JANICE F. KAUFFMAN, Director, Substance Abuse Treatment Services, North Charles, Inc., Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, The Cambridge Hospital, Somerville, Massachusetts MARY JEANNE KREEK, Professor and Head of Laboratory, Laboratory on the Biology of Addictive Diseases, The Rockefeller University, New York, New York A. THOMAS MCLELLAN, Research Professor of Psychiatry, Center for Studies on Addiction, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania J. THOMAS PAYTE, Founder and Medical Director, Drug Dependence Associates, San Antonio, Texas MICHAEL L. PRENDERGAST, Drug Abuse Research Center, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, California PETER REUTER, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland LEE N. ROBINS, Professor of Social Science in Psychiatry, University Professor of Social Science, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University, School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri RICHARD J. RUSSO, Consultant, Substance Abuse Policy, West Trenton, New Jersey MARGUERITE T. SAUNDERS, Commissioner, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, State of New York, Albany, New York LEE SECHREST, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona EDWARD C. SENAY, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois LISA MOJER-TORRES, Attorney, Jersey City, New Jersey WILLIAM W. VODRA, Senior partner, Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C. JERRY V. WILSON, Senior Vice President, Crime Control Research Corporation, Washington, D.C.

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--> Study Staff RICHARD A. RETTIG, Study Director ELAINE LAWSON, Research Assistant THELMA L. COX, Project Assistant ROBERT COOK-DEEGAN, Director, Division of Biobehavioral Sciences and mental Disorders (until October 1994) CONSTANCE PECHURA, Director, Division of Biobehavioral Sciences and Mental Disorders (from October 1994)

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--> Acknowledgments This report results from the deliberations of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Federal Regulation of Methadone Treatment and its conclusions and recommendations reflect the judgments of the committee. Support for this study was provided by the U.S. Public Health Service (Contract No. 282-92-0079). The actual preparation of the report under the direction of the committee has been accomplished by the collective efforts of committee members, staff, and other contributors. The committee wishes to acknowledge its gratitude for these various contributions. Thanks for assistance in the preparation of this report, the provision of information, and the checking of facts are due to many people and organizations. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, headed by Marguerite Saunders, a member of the committee, deserves special thanks. In particular, the following individuals provided much assistance: Addi Corradi, Vincent Fenlon, William Lachanski, John Perez, Anthony Scro, and Frank Tardalo. The New York State Committee of Methadone Program Administrators prepared an analysis of federal regulations at the request of the Institute of Medicine. Thanks go especially to Martin Livenstein and Frank McGurk, and to their colleagues, for a document that was highly informative and very useful to the committee in the early stages of its work. Visits to methadone clinics were made in a number of cities. Clinic visits in New York City were facilitated by Sy Dempsky and Richard Marx at Mt. Sinai Hospital Narcotic and Rehabilitation Center, Elizabeth Khuri, the Adolescent Development Program, New York Hospital and Cornell Medical College. A tour of the Rockefeller University laboratories of Mary Jeanne Kreek was arranged by Janel Maki. At Beth Israel Hospital, we met with Robert Newman, Nina Peyser, Stuart Nichols, Marie Marciano, and Donald Des Jarlais, and were shown a treatment program by Lolita Silva. Massachusetts methadone program directors who met with the study director included Vincent Tobin, Edward Bloniari, Matthew Davis, Tim Schuettje, Harvey Kauffman, Norma Reppucci, Brian Foss, and Pat Rushton. Karst Besteman, director of the Substance Abuse Center, Institute for Behavior Resources, Inc., Washington, D.C., provided

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--> valuable historical information as well as a tour of two facilities. Jeffrey A. Hoffman, of Adapt, Inc., and Koba Associates, Inc., Washington, D.C., also arranged a facility tour and shared with the study the benefits of his research. In Baltimore, we visited Man Alive, courtesy of its long-time director, Richard Lane, who is now deceased. At the Sinai Hospital Drug Dependence Program in Baltimore, Franklin T. Evans hosted our visit. Robert W. Schuster, former Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), under whom this study originated, provided counsel early in the study. The oversight committee of the Department of Health and Human Services for this study included Lorraine Fishback, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, Nicholas Reuter, Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Dorynne Czechowicz, Steve Molinari, and James Cooper of NIDA, and Robert Lubran, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). At NIDA, we also received help from Bennett Fletcher, Charles Grudzinskas, and Frank Vocci. At SAMHSA, Sue Becker, Jerome Jaffe, Herman Diesenhaus, and Mady Chalk were helpful to the study. Additional help was provided by the following individuals at the FDA: Stuart Nightingale, Curtis Wright, Betty Jones, Ellsworth Dory, and Ross Laderman. A special note of thanks goes to David E. Joranson, associate director for Policy Studies, Pain Research Group, University of Wisconsin-Madison, for providing his own comments and stimulating communications from others to the committee regarding the effects of the methadone regulations on the management of pain. At the Drug Enforcement Administration, Thomas Gitchel, Ann Carter, Frank Sapienza, and Howard McLain were helpful at various times during the study. At the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), John Gregorich and Sam Schildhaus were helpful, as was Lee Brown, director of ONDCP. Peter Edelman, counsel to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, met with the chairman and study director midway in the study and provided useful guidance on the departmental perspective on drug policy. Regarding the actual writing of the report, the first draft of chapter 1 was prepared by Richard Rettig and then reviewed extensively by the entire committee. Chapter 2 was written by Mary Jeanne Kreek. Sally Satel assisted on an early draft and Constance Pechura also provided helpful assistance. Chapter 3 was written by Lee Robins and Douglas Anglin. Robins conducted special analyses of the Epidemiologic Catchment Area study data for this chapter. Anglin received assistance in analyzing drug use forecasting data from Vincent Fenlon in the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Susan Nisenbaum in the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, and Talbert Cottey, at the National Institute of Justice, and for data analysis from Jessie Hsieh and Mel Widawski, at the University of

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--> California, Los Angeles Drug Abuse Research Center. Chapter 4 was written by Michael Prendergast, who was assisted by Dana Baldwin. Chapter 5 was written by Richard Rettig, who benefited from extensive documentation provided by Steve Molinari and James Cooper of NIDA, and from presentations to the committee by Peter Hutt, Jerome Jaffe, and Stewart Nightingale. Chapter 6 was written by Miriam Davis, consultant to the committee. She wishes to acknowledge the assistance of Daniel Melnick and Robert Lubran, SAMHSA; Elsworth Dory, FDA; Ralph Swindle, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Palo Alto, Department of Veterans Affairs; Henrick Harwood and Douglas Fountain, Lewin-VHI, Inc.; Thomas D'Aunno, University of Michigan;, Helen Levine Batten, Brandeis University; William Butynski, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors; Mark Parrino, American Methadone Treatment Association; Addie Corradi, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services; Joy Jarfors, California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs; Phil Emenheiser, Florida Department of health and Rehabilitative Services; Richard Weisskopf, Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse; and Barbara Espey, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Chapter 7 was written by Janice Kauffman, Thomas Payte, and Thomas McLellan. Chapter 8 was written by Richard Rettig. Thelma Cox, with patience, good humor, and grace, supported the project throughout its duration and prepared the many drafts and the camera-ready copy of this report with her usual competence. The readability of the report benefited immensely from the exemplary editorial work of Andrea Posner. Lastly, the chairman wishes to add that this report could not have been produced without the extraordinary efforts of Richard Rettig, who devoted more time, energy, and common sense to the effort than the committee and its chairman had any reason to expect or ask for. Neither could it have been produced without the active participation of committee members in the actual writing of the report—a practice that has characterized the Institute of Medicine from its beginnings—and in their willingness to resolve their differences in an amicable and reasonable fashion, making the task of the chairman that much less difficult. ADAM YARMOLINSKY, CHAIRMAN COMMITTEE ON THE FEDERAL REGULATION OF METHADONE TREATMENT

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--> Contents     Executive Summary   1 1   Introduction   17     The Charge to the Committee   19     Objectives of Opiate Addiction Treatment   20     Effectiveness of Methadone Maintenance Treatment   21     Why Methadone Is Regulated Differently from Other Drugs   27     The Committee's View   30     Report Organization   31     Study Methods   33     A Note on Terminology   34 2   Pharmacology and Medical Aspects of Methadone Treatment   37     The Rationale for Pharmacotherapy   37     Pharmacokinetics of Methadone   42     Methadone Maintenance   43     Interactions of Methadone with Other Drugs   48     Impact of Methadone Maintenance on Infectious Diseases   50 3   Who are the Recipients of Treatment?   61     Heroin Use and Dependence   63     Characteristics of Untreated and Treated Heroin Addicts   71     Methadone Patient Characteristics   73     Summary   88 4   Methadone Diversion Control   92     Early Concern Over Diversion   92     The Narcotic Addict Treatment Act of 1974   96     More Recent Official Views on Diversion   97     The Data on Diversion   100     How Is Methadone Diverted?   110     Who Uses Diverted Methadone and Why?   112

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-->     Consequences of Methadone Diversion   113     Summary   115     Appendix: Harris County, Texas   117 5   Federal Regulation of Methadone Treatment   120     The 1960s   121     The Nixon Administration   123     Defining the Regulatory Regime: 1970–1974   125     The Current Regulatory Regime   136     Levo-Alpha-Acetyl-Methadol   145     Summary   148 6   Methadone Treatment   151     The Provider Community   151     Financing of Methadone Treatment   161     State Substance Abuse Agencies   169     Summary   181 7   Treatment Standards and Optimal Treatment   185     Definition of Terms   186     Patient Evaluation and Admission Criteria   189     Maintenance Pharmacotherapy   192     Medically Supervised Withdrawal   205     Inpatient Treatment   207     Pain Management   210     Concluding Comments   213 8   Implementing Standards—And Beyond   217     Regulations and Their Enforcement   218     Clinical Practice Guidelines   222     Formal Quality Assurance Systems   225     What Can Be Done Now?   226     Federal Government Leadership   229     Summary   236

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