Methadone Maintenance Therapy: Malaysian public awareness
Methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) was first introduced in 2005 by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia as a therapy to enhance drug addicts’ quality of life. This study is to access the public awareness and behavior towards MMT program whereby a self administered questionnaire was distributed to the respondents in a public hospital. The data obtained were analyzed using SPSS version 16. The finding shows that only 23.9% of respondents are aware of this program and majority of the respondents suggested continuous improvement on MMT program. In conclusion, the low awareness level of MMT program amongst public in Malaysia is might be due to limited campaigns and information.
2180-4567 © 2014 The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK.. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.
Keywords: Methadone maintenance therapy; Malaysia; drug addict; awareness.