The Methadone Research Web Guide is an update and revision of Methadone Maintenance Treatment: Translating Research Into Policy (1995) prepared by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program.

The original manual was developed through the work of numerous NIDA-supported researchers, including many who voluntarily provided slides and data. The Web guide version includes a revised and separate section on the history and evolution of methadone maintenance in the United States, a continuation of the Q&A regarding methadone maintenance treatment research containing new and updated research highlights, and two new sections on the effectiveness of methadone treatment and regulatory requirements in the international community.

Special thanks go to David A. Fiellin, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine for updating the research portion of the guide and developing the section on methadone treatment effectiveness. We also would like to thank Ms. Judy McCormally, writer consultant for the NIDA International Program, for her research and development of the history of methadone section.

The management of the development of the Web guide was successfully implemented by Ms. Dale S. Weiss, Program Analyst for the NIDA International Program. Thanks also go to Ivan Montoya, M.D., M.P.H., NIDA Research Grants Branch, Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequence of Drug Abuse for his technical guidance and review throughout the development process.

Also, we would like to thank our contractor IQ Solutions, Inc., for the coordination, editing, and Web document development of the guide. Thank you to Ms. Denise G. Crute, Project Manager, for coordination of the development team and providing the regulatory requirements section. Also thanks to the Web development team of Mr. Eric Davis, Web Development Manager; Ms. Cathy Godfrey, Webmaster; and Ms. Tatie Radcliffe, Editor.

Steven W. Gust, Ph.D.
Director, International Program
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health