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Saris, A. Jamie (2008) An uncertain dominion: Irish psychiatry, methadone, and the treatment of opiate abuse. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry , 32 , (2) , pp. 259-77.

This paper investigates some productive ambiguities around the medical administration of methadone in the Republic of Ireland.

The tensions surrounding methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) are outlined, as well as the sociohistorical context in which a serious heroin addiction problem in Ireland developed. Irish psychiatry intervened in this situation, during a time of institutional change, debates concerning the nature of addiction, moral panics concerning heroin addiction in Irish society and the recent boom in the Irish economy, known popularly as the Celtic Tiger. A particular history of this sort illuminates how technologies like MMT become cosmopolitan, settling into, while changing, local contexts.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:2008
Page Range:pp. 259-77
Publisher:Springer
Volume:32
Number:2
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Substance use history
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Mental health care
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Substance replacement method (substitution) > Methadone maintenance

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