Impact of Jail-Based Methadone on Overdose, Recidivism, HIV and Health Outcomes, and Costs in New York City, 2011-2017
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project dates: August 2018 - May 2024
Principal Investigator: Lee, Joshua D.
Principal Investigator: Lim S
Principal Investigator: Macdonald R

The current US opioid and overdose epidemic disproportionately involves criminal justice systems, in which dramatic increases in overdose deaths, poor health and HIV outcomes, and high costs routinely follow release from jails and prisons. In NYC, a large in-jail methadone program treats adult men and women since the 1980’s, providing a unique opportunity to examine the effects of methadone maintenance on overdose, health, and costs upon release back to the community. The goal of this study is to link NYC jail electronic medical records to NYC-wide longitudinal community health datasets in order to understand the effects in-jail of methadone maintenance on post-release overdose, recidivism, HIV control, and costs.

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