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The Efficacy of Methadyl Acetate (LAAM) and Contingency Management Procedures for Treating Dual Opioid and Cocaine Abuse - 1

This study has been completed.
Yale University
Information provided by:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Identifier:
First received: September 8, 2005
Last updated: January 11, 2017
Last verified: September 2005
Although LAAM, a derivative of methadone, has been successfully used as an alternative to methadone maintenance in opioid addicts, its effect on concurrent opioid and cocaine abuse has not been ascertained. Thus, this study proposes to examine the clinical efficacy of low- and high-dose LAAM maintenance on opioid and cocaine use in opioid-dependent cocaine abusers. In addition, since contingency management procedures have demonstrated some success in decreasing cocaine use in cocaine-abusing individuals, this study also proposes to examine the clinical efficacy of the presence or absence of contingency management procedures targeting illicit drug use.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavior Therapy
Contingency Management
Heroin Dependence
Opioid Dependence
Substance-Related Disorders
Alcohol & Drug Use
Behavioral: LAAM
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: LAAM With Behavioral Treatment for Opioid/Cocaine Abuse

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Further study details as provided by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Urine toxicology for cocaine

Estimated Enrollment: 140
Study Start Date: March 1997
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2001
Detailed Description:

One hundred forty male and female opioid-dependent cocaine abusers will be stratified by sex and randomly assigned to one of four treatment groups according to a 2 x 2 experimental design: low-dose LAAM (99 mg/wk) with adjunct contingency management procedures; low-dose LAAM (99 mg/wk) without adjunct contingency management procedures; high-dose LAAM (330 mg/wk) with adjunct contingency management procedures; and high-dose LAAM (330 mg/wk) without adjunct contingency management procedures. The duration of the study will be 24 weeks, with LAAM being administered on a thrice-weekly (MWF) basis.

Subjects are inducted onto LAAM during weeks 1-3 and then maintained on their assigned maintenance dose (99 mg/wk or 330 mg/wk) through week 24. During maintenance, the Friday dose will be 1.3 times greater than the Monday and Wednesday dose. At the conclusion of the study, subjects undergo detoxification from LAAM over a 4-week period. For those in the contingency management procedure group, each drug-free urine submitted will result in a voucher worth a certain monetary value that increases for consecutively drug-free urines (weeks 1-12) or a monetary voucher with a fixed value (weeks 13-24). Subjects not assigned to the contingency management procedure will receive monetary vouchers (weeks 1-24) according to a yoked-control schedule (that is, not contingent upon illicit drug abstinence). Vouchers can be exchanged for mutually agreed upon goods and services at any time during the study. Outcome measures will include: 1) treatment retention, 2) illicit drug use, 3) self-reported adverse and opioid withdrawal symptoms, and 4) psychosocial functioning. Follow-up interviews at nine months and/or one year post-study entry will be conducted to determine status post-treatment. Prognostic factors (i.e., sex, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression), will also be examined in relation to treatment outcome and post-treatment status.


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • One hundred forty male and female cocaine-abusing, opioid-dependent individuals between the ages 21-55, with at least 40% women and 40% Afro-Americans, who not be currently enrolled in treatment, will be entered into the study. Subjects must have current opioid dependence as evidenced by documentation of prior treatment for opioid dependence or signs of withdrawal upon administration of naloxone (0.8 mg, i.m.), and opioid-positive urine screen. Subjects also must be current users of cocaine with self-reported use of > 12 gms during the preceding 12 months, self-reported use of > 1 gm/week in the month preceding study entry, and cocaine-positive urine screen. Subjects must fulfill DSM-III-R criteria for opioid and cocaine dependence. These criteria will be ascertained using the substance abuse section of the SCID interview developed for use with DSM-III-R

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Criteria for exclusion include current diagnosis of other drug or alcohol dependence (other than opiates, cocaine or tobacco); ill health (e.g., major cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, hepatic disorder); respiratory condition (e.g., asthma); history of major psychiatric disorder (psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar, major depression); current suicidality; LFT's (i.e., liver enzymes) greater than 3 times normal levels; and pregnancy.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00158288

United States, Connecticut
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
West Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06516
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Yale University
Principal Investigator: Alison Oliveto, Ph.D. Yale University
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Publications: Identifier: NCT00158288     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NIDA-09876-1
Study First Received: September 8, 2005
Last Updated: January 11, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):
Substance Use Disorders

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Substance-Related Disorders
Cocaine-Related Disorders
Heroin Dependence
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Opioid-Related Disorders
Anesthetics, Local
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Vasoconstrictor Agents
Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Dopamine Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents processed this record on April 28, 2017