The Effect of Outpatient Methadone Maintenance Treatment Facilities on Place-Based Crime


Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is a solution to opioid addiction that involves replacing the targeted drug with methadone, which can alleviate withdrawal symptoms and provide a smooth transition into sobriety. Outpatient methadone maintenance treatment (OMMT) facilities in particular are important because they allow the patient to continue functioning in society while receiving treatment -- however, the effect of OMMT facilities on the surrounding communities has yet to be fully explored. In their new paper, Ruth A. Moyer and PISC Senior Scholar Greg Ridgeway discuss how OMMT facilities appear to influence crime through the decrease of total and property crime, but also increase of drug and violent crime.

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