Doctors’ groundbreaking research led to methadone’s use in treating addiction
In this photo supplied by Rockefeller University, Dr. Vincent P. Dole and Dr. Marie Nyswander are seen in 1983 at Rockefeller University in New York. Dole and Nyswander’s groundbreaking research in the 1960s established that methadone could be used to treat heroin addiction.
Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012 12:00 am
While working with addicts in New York, Dr. Vincent Dole and Dr. Marie Nyswander discovered methadone could be used as a replacement for heroin.
When Dole, a Harvard-trained physician, began studying addiction, he found only one book about street addicts, "The Drug Addict as a Patient," written by Nyswander. She had started the Narcotic Addiction Research Project, an experimental outpatient program providing addicts with intensive psychotherapy. In 1957, she helped launch a clinic specializing in the treatment of jazz musicians addicted to heroin.
Saturday, October 27, 2012 12:00 am.