Who We Are
Addiction Treatment Watchdog is a resource for educating medication-assisted-treatment patients and others about the disease and treatment of opiate addiction. Medications used for treatment of opiate addiction are methadone, Orlaam and Buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex). By exposing abuses in the current system, we hope to empower patients and challenge providers to offer quality, individualized treatment for the disease of opiate addiction.
TIPS 40, ‘Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction’ is a new SAMHSA guide for physicians offering buprenorphine treatment.
TIP 40 can be ordered by calling SAMHSA’s clearinghouse at 1-800-729-6686.
On October 8, 2002 the FDA approved Subutex (buprenorphine hydrochloride) and Suboxone tablets (buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride) for the treatment of opioid dependence. Qualified physicians will be able to treat patients in their offices. Find out more about Buprenorphine and check the Physician Locator -More…
If you have a complaint about your clinic, please see How-To Resolve a Clinic Complaint. A.T. Watchdog would like to hear from patients and providers if they have suggestions about what patients should do when faced with a problem at their clinics.
Family and Friends. Is someone you love a methadone maintenance patient? Or, would you like to find out more about this life-saving treatment? Do you have questions about all this? Please send your questions to A.T. Watchdog and maybe we can help you understand what’s going on with the MMT patient in your life. There are many myths and falsehoods out there; don’t let them destroy your relationship!
Another Watchdog member has given birth and written about her experiences. This is a story that MMT patients that are pregnant, or thinking about becoming pregnant, should take the time to read. We also hope that providers can learn something from it. Read My Baby’s Story.
Please consider sending Watchdog stories about your experiences as a Medication-Assisted-Treatment patient. Your story may be the one that convinces someone MAT could help them. Read A.T. Watchdog Stories.
A group including representatives from various Federal and State agencies, researchers, epidemiologists, pathologists, toxicologists, medical examiners, coroners, pain management specialists, addiction medicine experts, and others conducted an investigation into the increase in methadone-related deaths.
The conclusion of this investigation is that methadone involved in overdose deaths was not and is not coming from Opiate Treatment Programs, but from methadone prescribed for the treatment of pain.
Methadone-Associated Mortality:Report of a National Assessment
If you have a story to tell about yourself or someone else’s experiences withdrawing from methadone while incarcerated, we want to hear it. Denying methadone maintenance patients their medication while incarcerated is a violation of patient rights and something advocates want to change. The stories you send us will help all patients that have the misfortune of being incarcerated and denied medication. Stories should be sent A.T. Watchdog.
The Addiction Treatment Watchdog message board is very active. MMT-related news is posted frequently on the board. If you aren’t already a regular visitor, please take the time to visit.
Friends & Family
The friends and families of MMT patients have requested a place they can call their own. Watchdog receives dozens of email messages from family and friends of MMT patients trying to find information about the disease of opiate addiction. Watchdog is proud to announce the Friends of Watchdog Message Board. Please distribute the link to friends, family members and others that might benefit from this message board. Thanks.