Saris, A. Jamie
An Uncertain Dominion: Irish Psychiatry, Methadone,
and the Treatment of Opiate Abuse.
Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 32 (2).
This paper investigates some productive ambiguities around the medical
administration of methadone in the Republic of Ireland. The tensions surrounding
methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) are outlined, as well as the sociohistorical
context in which a serious heroin addiction problem in Ireland developed. Irish
psychiatry intervened in this situation, during a time of institutional change, debates
concerning the nature of addiction, moral panics concerning heroin addiction in
Irish society and the recent boom in the Irish economy, known popularly as the
Celtic Tiger. A particular history of this sort illuminates how technologies like
MMT become cosmopolitan, settling into, while changing, local contexts.
||Methadone maintenance therapy; Republic of Ireland; Heroin addiction;
||Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
Dr. A. Jamie Saris
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