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Table 3 Frequencies of Responses to Questions on Methadone Treatment

From: Barriers to the dissemination of four harm reduction strategies: a survey of addiction treatment providers in Ontario

Item N %
Agencies that have it (n = 40) 4 10.0
Agencies that have considered it (n = 40) 16 44.0
Considered, but not implemented because (n = 21 respondents)   
   Little/no perceived need 6 28.6
   unavailability of a physician willing/able to dispense it 9 42.9
   anticipated negative reaction from clientele 1 4.8
   Lack of facilities 1 4.8
   Lack of funding 2 9.5
   prospect of setting up program too daunting 2 9.5
   presently being considered 3 14.3
   Other 4 19.0
Agencies that do not have a methadone program (n = 62 respondents)   
Intra-agency obstacles   
   Little/no perceived need 17 27.4
   unavailability of a physician willing/able to dispense it 20 32.3
   Lack of facilities 2 3.2
   Lack of funding 7 11.3
   not a medical facility/outside agency's mandate 7 11.3
   anticipated resistance from the staff 7 11.3
   May be some resistance from the Board 5 8.1
   Don't know 2 3.2
   Other 17 27.4
   None 4 6.5
   Lack of staff 11 17.7
Extra-agency obstacles   
   None 12 19.4
   community resistance 37 59.7
   resistance from other agencies 2 3.2
   service already provided locally 2 3.2
   Don't know 4 6.5
   Other 11 17.7
Expected benefits   
   None 3 4.8
   improved health/disease reduction 21 33.9
   enables clients to be more productive 10 16.1
   decreased criminal activity 16 25.8
   gives drug users access to counseling 8 12.9
   enables addicts to get off heroin 18 29.0
   Don't know 4 6.5
   Other 18 29.0
For agencies who offer methadone (n = 5 respondents)   
Reasons for introducing it.   
   perceived need 2 40.0
   urged to do so by the Ministry of Health/other agencies 1 20.0
   Other 3 60.0
Resistance encountered   
   None 2 40.0
   From the staff 2 40.0
   From the community 2 40.0
How was it dealt with?   
   through education/information 2 40.0