Sharing drugs in methadone .treatment Ernest Drucker, John jay College , CUNY 23 October 2013 In considering patterns of methadone patients "sharing: their doses with others , the authors suggest that "Treatment providers should consider including couples in which both individuals are motivated for starting OMT" . Know that In the early days of methadone treatment in the US ( the 1960s and 70s - when access to methadone treatment was more limited than it is today ) this idea was sometimes a program rule for married couple where both used heroin - with appreciation that one members success in methadone treatment might be undermined by their partners ( or friends) needs. The concept of "diversion" was a DEA trope , inappropriately applied to treatment methadone - with sharing being an understandable response of patients with addicted partners - indeed it was an early and spontaneous harm reduction approach . This and other such compassionate peer responses ( such as sharing needles) were understandable in the face of the (still common) inadequate supply of syringes and substitution treatment in the face of growing demand - a face of self helping movements which limited suffering and helped contain HIV . Competing interests A competing interest exists when your professional judgment about a paper could possibly be influenced by considerations other than the paper's validity or importance. Detail possible competing interests here.. I have no competing interests .