Reduction in Acquisitive Crime During a Heroin-Assisted Treatment: a Post-Hoc StudyDemaret I1,2*, Deblire C1,2, Litran G1,2, Magoga C1,2, Quertemont E3, Ansseau M2 and Lemaitre A1
- Corresponding Author:
- Isabelle Demaret
Institute for Human and Social Sciences
Boulevard du Rectorat 3 (B31) at 4000 Liège, Belgium
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 13, 2015; Accepted date: February 18, 2015; Published date: February 25, 2015
Citation: Demaret I, Deblire C, Litran G, Magoga C, Quertemont E, et al. (2015) Reduction in Acquisitive Crime During a Heroin-Assisted Treatment: a Post-Hoc Study. J Addict Res Ther 6:208. doi:10.4172/2155-6105.1000208
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Background: We investigated the evolution of the criminal involvement of severe heroin addicts recruited in a randomised controlled trial comparing heroin-assisted treatment (HAT) to methadone treatment. Method: During the trial, detailed questions were asked on crimes committed and experienced at baseline and every 3 months during 12 months. We analysed our data in a post-hoc study. Results: Severe heroin addicts included in the trial showed a high level of criminal involvement in the past but their involvement had decreased at baseline. At the 12-month assessment, crimes committed and experienced decreased significantly in both groups but the difference between the groups was not significant. Conclusion: A new opioid maintenance treatment, with methadone or diacetylmorphine, can help severe heroin users to decrease their criminal involvement.