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Jul 24, 2008

Access To Methadone 2008 AIDS Conference Mexico


As part of the preparations for the International AIDS Conference, we would like to inform you about access to opioid substitution treatment (OST) in Mexico.

The Conference organizers, including the Mexican government, have taken steps to provide conference participants who use drugs, with access to OST in Mexico. However, because of Mexican law and local limitations only methadone will be provided.

Methadone will be available for conference participants, free of cost, on 30 July – 11 August, at the clinic Centro de AtenciĆ³n Integral de las Adicciones, located at Euclides N° 19 Colonia Anzures. Please see map below.

The opening hours are Monday to Friday: 9:00 – 18:00; Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 – 12:00 and the telephone numbers are: 55 31 93 00 and 52 50 80 47.

Free transportation to and from the clinic will be available at designated hours. The schedule and departure point will be made available soon.

At the clinic, you will be asked to present an ID card with personal contact details; the prescribing physician’s contact details and a valid prescription with details.

Methadone, available as pills or syrup, has to be consumed at the clinic, under medical supervision. No take-away doses will be provided.

Note that according to Mexican law conference participants will NOT be allowed to bring in their own methadone or buprenorphine to Mexico, because these are designated ‘illegal narcotics’. Conference organizers have been informed that National laws will apply to participants who are found to be carrying such drugs at arrival.

If you require methadone during your stay in Mexico related to the Conference, please fill out the form below and send it back to as soon as possible.

Methadone services are being organized by the National Council Against addiction (CONADIC) in collaboration with AIDS 2008.

For more information about accessing methadone in Mexico
please contact Katja Suarez/ Marco Negrete at or Jason Farrell at or visit

Click here for a map of the Benamex Centre and the methadone clinic.

Application for access to methadone treatment. Click here to download this file in word format. Note that the information you provide shall be treated with confidentiality.


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