Project information

Project title

"Establishment of methadone maintenance therapy in Liepāja city"
Duration 01 January 2009 - 28 February 2011
Project goal and objectives

Project aim and objectives are:

  • Reduce HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C prevalence among injecting drug users (IDUs) in Liepāja;
  • Promote drug related harm reduction, improve IDUs' health and promote their social integration;
  • Implement methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) as an effective treatment method of opioid dependent patients in narcologist practice.
  • Methadone cabinet is established and equipped (7 Flotes str., Liepāja);
  • During the project 16 patients have received methadone maintenance therapy (MMT); at the end of project 13 patients were in MMT. Everyone had access to drug addiction specialist, psychologist and social worker;
  • Staff of MMT cabinet have participated in trainings and seminars organized by UNODC and other institutions;
  • Held group training for patients - lectures on the methadone program, HCV, HIV, etc. infections, social skills development;
  • Translated booklet on motivational interviewing in Latvian language and distributed to all interested parties;
  • Data on clients' health status and treatment results have been collected and analysed using Addiction Severity Index (ASI);
  • 3 seminars on pharmacotherapy with methadone were held for police, probation and social workers. In total 160 people participated.

UNODC budget

25,793.64 LVL