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Medical Assisted Treatment of America is a 501 (c) (3) Non-profit Corporation charged with the mission to:

* Educate the public about the disease of opioid addiction and opiate agonist 
  pharmacotherapy.
* Help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with patients having
  addiction disorders.
* Serve as a conduit connecting patients in need of treatment to qualified treat-
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Happy Holidays!!

The staff of Medical Assisted Treatment of America Inc., would like to wish all of you a very wonderful holiday season. We would also like to thank those of you who have taken the time to share your stories, posts your questions and sign our guestbook.                                                                                                               Deborah Shrira, Dean Vereen, RuthAnn & Dee


Welcome!!!  We are glad that you have decided to stop and visit with us.  It is not difficult to obtain a variety of opinions about methadone, and chances are that you should do so, many of them would be quite negative and unfounded.  This would be true if you ask people who have had no experience with this substance,  either directly or indirectly. Chances are, the person asked would not even know anyone receiving methadone treatment . . .  nor even know about someone receiving this treatment. 

If you were to ask the opinion of several physicians, it is likely that you would again hear negative opinions, such as "that stuff doesn't work," or "that stuff is no better than heroin." Yet if you pursued your point and asked further questions, it would be likely that the physicians had never received any training in addiction treatment, and had never encountered a patient being treated with methadone for opioid addiction. The same might be the case if you asked many lawyers,or judges about methadone. You would find that not many knew much about it, but that the impression is generally negative.

This in spite of the fact that methadone is widely accepted within the addiction treatment community as the most effective treatment for heroin addiction, has the best treatment outcomes compared to other modalities and is extremely effective in the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other diseases.  This in spite of the fact that
methadone dramatically reduces, and often eliminates, criminal activity.  This despite the remarkable safety record of methadone after forty years during which it has been taken daily by hundreds of thousands of patients.   

This pervasive lack of understanding is frustrating to those of us who see the other side of methadone, and are frustrated not only by the lack of understanding, but more by the stigma that has to be endured by those whose lives have dramatically benefited from it.

We have attempted to take that frustration and convert it into a collection of presentations that will permit you to see methadone treatment through the eyes of a group of people convinced that it has an important role to play in helping heroin-addicted patients recover control over their lives.

It is our hope that through this web site you will gain an increased awareness about methadone treatment, its foundation in evidence-based science and its effectiveness in treating opioid addiction within a variety of patient populations. 

"There  is a destiny that makes us brothers; none goes his way alone.  All that we send into the lives of others ; comes back into our own."  -Edwin Markham 


"No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society.  - If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power." --P.J. O'Rourke

There is a well-founded science-base for understanding addiction as a chronic, and for many, recurring disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use.  An abundance of research has consistently shown that chronic drug use affects the brain in fundamental ways often remaining long after the drug using behavior has stopped.   Research science has also increased our understanding about the very nature of drug addiction, which has created new inroads for dramatic improvement in treatment approaches. 

      Using brain-imaging   technologies, science can demonstrate the biological basis for addiction and has provided the basis for a biopsychosocial perspective of chemical dependency. From this knowledge we are now able to accept that for some addicted persons, medications are critical to treat drug-induced brain deficits in order to help sustain a symptoms-free lifestyle. 

In much the same way that research provided for medications development used for other chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma, addiction medicine is following the same course. 

Prior to the later 20th century, the general viewpoint of addiction, and particularly  for opioid addiction, was that of a social and moral problem rather than a medical condition requiring treatment.  The passage of the Harrison Narcotics Act in the early part of the 20th century also tended to stigmatize those with an opioid addiction reinforcing the perception that these people were not only as social deviants, but also criminals whose behavior deserved punishment.

Toward the latter part of the 20th century however, there was a growing change in the public's understanding and perception about addiction.Facilitating this change in public perception was the introduction of the medical model of addiction as a treatable condition that helped to bring about an increase in human rights laws. Central to this was the introduction of methadone maintenance treatment.

The pioneering research authored by Drs. Dole and Nyswander began to reliably demonstrate that the medical use of methadone for opiate addiction could bring about significant normalization and functionality to those suffering from this condition.

Research has continued to provide compelling evidence that methadone reduces, and often eliminates, criminal activity and at the same time, enhances social productivity.  Numerous studies also have found that methadone is extremely effective in reducing/eliminating intravenous drug use and therefore also reduces the spread of infectious diseases including those such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

Despite the volumes of independent research and scientific evidence from the last forty years about the safety and effectiveness of methadone for the treatment of opioid addiction........  some of the social stigma and misconceptions about the medication have remained.  Patients in maintenance programs are sometimes still perceived, even by health care professionals and parts of the recovery community, as "methadone addicts" who are substituting one addictive drug for another.  

We are hoping to put to rest any remaining doubt about the nature of opiate addiction being a chronic, reoccurring disease, and the value of methadone treatment for opiate addicts. We are hoping to help end the unconscionable prejudice and discrimination that have faced opiate addicts so long.

We intend to help the general public understand that persons addicted to opioids, much the same as victims of any chronic relapsing disease, deserve to be treated with compassion and respect as they seek access to medical treatment for their disease.  

Addiction to drugs is a chronic medical illness. It is caused by a complex interplay of biological and environmental factors. Studies have implicated several genes in predisposing individuals to drug abuse and addiction.

Thus while the initial act of “getting” the disease is voluntary (individuals have to generally knowingly take the drug), once addiction sets in, - - the voluntariness is gone because the bodily functions of these individuals are altered by their addiction.  Drugs like methadone, - when administered under medical supervision, - will take drug users off heroin injections.  They no longer crave for heroin, - - -their bodily functions return to normal and they will be able to engage in socially acceptable activities.

 Funding for our organization is provided by anonymous donors whose lives were touched by evidence - based addiction treatment and were willing to contribute to the cause.  We accepted funding in the form of "Unrestricted Educational Grants." There are no "strings" attached.

Medical Assisted Treatment of America has complete control over how the funds are used, there are no restrictions on the content or mission  and donors have no control over the content or activities . We alone are reponsible.  

"The Director's View"  Updated: May 2010 

http://www.MedicalAssistedTreatment.org/642315/index

I just want to let all our visitors and members know I have been working on a new Medical Assisted Treatment Web Site and I think all you are going to enjoy it. It will be much easier to locate the material you are looking for because we will have a search engine and many more amenities unavailable here. I will have the latest research on Addiction, Suboxone and Methadone. We will be explaining in depth how "Medication Assisted Treatment" works and why it has proven to be more successful than all the others.  I will provide references for you to back it up if you are speaking to others about it.  

I will start updating "The Director's View" regularly to keep alll of you abreast of our progress.  I am sorry but we have made some cuts in staff and I am the only one working on the new website. We have one full time Director, Delores Black and she is the glue which holds it all together. Barbara Rue and Ruthann Alston work as part-time moderators and they are indispensable. I almost forgot, my partner Dean Vereen, who has been with me from the start.  He keeps all the computers all working, answers telephone calls and has taken charge of our monthly radio programs.  If any of you would like to tell your story and/or speak on a subject related to addiction then, please give us a call at 770-334-3655. We are giving any of you the chance to share if you have anything at all you would like to say.

I have finished the new Methadone: A Flicker of Light In The Dark Forum and if you are on Methadone Maintenance, we would like for you to join with us.  We  
are only admitting people as members who are actively on methadone, and only those for addiction.  I would like to admit everyone interested but those attending methadone maintenance treatment have issues different than the others and it is these we are providing support for. Please click on the second button on the left
labeled Methadone Forum and follow the instructions or
 you can click on the URL below and it takes directly there:   

http://methadone.forumotion.net

     METHADONE IS NOT A SUBSTITUTION OF ONE DRUG FOR ANOTHER

Methadone is not a substitute for opioids or any other short-acting opioid, and does not   affect individuals in the same way. Methadone does not create a pleasurable or euphoric feeling; rather it relieves physiological opioid craving and is generally chosen by opioid -dependent individuals. Methadone normalizes the body's metabolic and hormonal func-tioning that was impaired by the use of heroin or other opioids. It is a corrective, not cu-rative, treatment. - - - Unlike the disruptive nature of short-acting chemicals on the brain, methadone has long-acting properties that provide metabolic stability. - - - For example, methadone creates the physical stability that allows female menses to return to normal cycle after its disruption from heroin use  Methadone allows embryos and fetuses to develop in a safe and stable metabolic environment instead of it experiencing withdrawal from heroin every six hours due to mother's use.          

Evidence from around the country suggests that a significant percentage of patients in methadone programs are being treated  for prescription opioid dependence. For example, Alaska estimates that there are 15,000 prescription opioid abusers in the state and that most methadone patients are not heroin-addicted individuals. One opioid treatment program in southwest Virginia reported that eighty percent of the 290 people in out-patient treatment with methadone reported Oxycontin® - as their primary drug of use. According to SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, in 2001,emergency department mentions of narcotic analgesics and narcotic analgesics combinations were the most frequently mentioned in drug-related emergency department visits in 2001,constituting nine percent of all emergency room mentions (99,317). 

Mentions of these narcotic analgesics and combinations rose 44 percent from 1999 to 2001 and 21 percent from 2000 to 2001.  Significant long-term increased in emergency department mention of narcotic analgesic and combinations were found for hydrocodone and its combinations (up 131 percent since 1994),methadone(up 230 percent),morphine and and its combinations ( up 210 percent), oxycodone and its combinations  (up 352 percent) and narcotic analgesics that were not specified (up 288 percent)

One year, from 2000 to 2001, methadone mentions increased by 37 percent and oxcycodone and its combinations rose 70 percent.   - - - Mentions of analgesics containing  hydrocodone were statistically unchanged from 2000 to 2001, - - but were 41 percent higher than in 1999.

Moreover, in 1997, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of  Health  (NIH)  Consensus  Panel  found  the  following  concerning methadone   treatment:  - -  "Of    various   treatments    available,   methadone maintenance treatment, combined with attention to medical,   psychiatric and socio-economic issues, as well as drug counseling, has the highest probability  of being effective."  


The information provided on Medical Assisted Treatment is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient /site visitor and his/her physician. 




Medical Assisted Treatment of America, Inc.  is being featured "live "monthly on Blog Talk Radio radio station.  Listen in live via the Internet:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/menletstalk/2010/04/06/medical-assisted-treatment-of-america?&utm_source=remail&utm_medium=listener

If you have any questions or comments, we welcome your calls at 347-843-4559.  

You can hear this awesome and informative program on substance abuse and key medical information on the dates listed below. If you have a story you would like to share with others, please give us a call and we will be happy to arrange for you
to come on and share. We need to give others hope and by sharing your story - you will inspire others to keep on trying.

Look for the date we will be airing our first new program.  We are preparing a special program to bring the New Year in with a bang!  Soon we will have the dates posted for the year and available for you. Keep your eyes open and listen to what everyone in the know is saying. You will not forgive yourself if you miss it.

We would like to invite all of you to join us monthly but if you are unable, then you can go to the link below and listen to the previously-aired shows. Once the page loads, look on the right hand side of the page where you will see the "On Demand " Programs ...... there you may listen to any of the previously aired programs.   

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/menletstalk/blog/2010/03/page/1

If you need more information about Suboxone Pharmacotherapy after listening, then please click on the link below and check our website out If you have any questions you need answered then click for Post A Question under Frequently Asked Questions. If you would like to talk to others on Suboxone and/or you need more information, support and encouragement, join us on our Suboxone Forum. You can find all of this by clicking on the link below.

http://www.SuboxoneAssistedTreatment.org

We all know someone in our circle of friends or maybe in our own family who is  presently dealing with substance abuse.  I know most of you would like to be able to help them.  There are various ways you can help them...   Many help them by donating their time as volunteers and others make contributions...  We chose to help by constructing a website to educate people about Addiction... Through the years it has helped many people find their way but it takes money to keep these websites maintained and people available to accept calls twenty-fours every day   of the year. 

We have found a way you can help support our 501 (c) (3) Non-profit Organization, and it will benefit all of us. All donations are tax-deductible but if you are lacking the money to make donations, you can help us by scheduling your flights, motels, hotels, car leases, wiring flowers and fruit baskets and cruises through us.  

It's really very simple.  If you are planning a vacation, whether you will be flying, leasing a car, or even taking a cruise you can schedule it through us. I know for many of you traveling is part of your job. Think about us when you schedule your travel arrangements (i.e. leasing a car, scheduling a flight) for we can give you the same deals and by scheduling with us, you are helping us to help others plagued
with chemical dependency problems.

If you schedule your travel arrangements, lease your cars, and order flowers for your loved ones and much more through us, then you are making it possible for us to maintain our websites to educate others, to continue our  24-hour Hotline, and you make it possible for us to hire more people to assist all those in need and to reach out to more people through our websites and the radio station.

We receive many requests every day from people needing help and advice but there is no way at this point we can help all of them, but through you ...all things are possible. We offer the same discounts and specials as the others but if you schedule through us....... sixty percent of the profit goes to us to keep all these services available to those in need of them.  I know most all of you at one time or another use these services and I am asking you to stop and think about those in need and CHOOSE US TO SCHEDULE YOUR TRIPS?.  

You can schedule through us by clicking on the URL . Check it out? You have nothing to lose but every thing to gain.  If you give to others, believe me it will return to you when you need it the most.  What goes around, comes around.

http://www.ytbtravel.com/matamerica

We sincerely hope you will take advantage of this opportunity. People's lives are at stake and you will become an integral part in their recovery. None of us can do it alone but if we join forces ...we can make a major difference in many lives. I can't imagine anyone turning down and ignoring an opportunity to help those when it doesn't cost you anything but chhosing to arrange your travel with us. Please, do take the time and I am sure it will come back to you when you need it the most.    


You do possess certain inalienable rights as a patient.  It is important you know what your rights are.  Please do not assume you will be told what your rights are. Please assume nothing!!!  It is your responsibility to ask and to educate yourself
about methadone. You can ask questions, but many times, you may not receive any answers. Why, you ask?  Many times, if you are dosing early in the morning, it simply may be too busy, you may not have the time to wait.  Yes, there are many "Methadone Maintenance Treatment Facilities" with  too many patients assigned to one counselor. There are counselors not educated thoroughly on methadone.  If you ask other patients, they may give you an answer, but then how do you know it is the right answer? 

I am the Creator and Founder of Medical Assisted Treatment of America.  I started it with my own money simply because I cared about each and everyone of you. I want you to know about the medication you are taking. Methadone, if used as it should be, can save lives and yet, if abused,can take lives. It should only be taken by people defined as opiate-tolerant.  I am not going to lie to you. It is addictive. It is not substituting one medication for another, even though it appears like it on the surface. You really must dig deeper to understand the pharmacology of its action in relation to the physiology of addiction.  If you are a patient or a family member and would like to really understand how methadone works, click on the link below:

http://www.MedicalAssistedTreatment.org/4436/634513.html

We are here to clear up any misunderstandings you may have. There is a lot of controversy over methadone. If you are seeking answers for your substance-abuse and everything else you have tried has failed, it is possible methadone could be the medication for you.  We are not saying it is right for everyone. We will provide you with the truth and then you must weigh the odds.  It is you who must decide in the end whether you believe it is the right choice for you. How can you possibly make such a decision unless you know all there is to know about methadone.

You should read and make sure you fully understand exactly what your rights as a patient are.  If you are  on "Methadone Maintenance" and  feel like your rights have been violated then we would like to hear from you.  We will discuss what is going on with your personally and avail you of our knowledge as to what you can do. We will be pleased to send you a copy of the new Opiate Treatment Program
Accreditation Guidelines (July 2007).  I believe every patient should read these even before they begin thinking about "Methadone Maintenance."  If you haven't, and you are a patient, then it is time you should get familiar with them. 

We will work with you and for you until all remedies available to us have been exhausted.  It is important you take an interest in the Guidelines affecting your treatment. Many states have set up their own Guidelines and some of their Guide-lines conflict with the Federal. You need to know if your state is one of them.
If it is, then you must abide by the stricter of the two.  If you do not understand how to locate this information, then please contact us and we will assist you.

If you have not signed up for "Methadone Maintenance Treatment," then we ask you to please take the time to talk to us.  We will tell you the truth and we will share the Guidelines with you. It is better to understand what all will be expected of you now, then later. You need to talk to patients and find out what they have to say about their experience with "Opiate Treatment Programs."  We have some horror stories you definitely need to hear before making a decision.  Many of us think...  it can't happen  especially in a "Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program," but I am here as a witness to let you know it can.

Medical Assisted Treatment of America,Inc.
501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Corporation

38 Winter Wood Trail Taylorsville, GA  30178-1590

  "If your rights are being violated --take the first step today --report them!              

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http://methadone.forumotion.net

You can no longer post on the website under "Rate Your Program" therefore we are asking you to click on the URL address above and join our forum. We are using the forum until the new website is unveiled, for you to tell us about your program. We really want to hear what's happening with your program and you can read about other programs and how patients handled similar problems.

You can check on the latest news concerning methadone maintenance and we only allow people to join who is actively taking methadone and needs support dealing with their programs.  You can ask any questions you have concerning methadone and obtain answers.

We have two part-time moderators available and we have a place for you to tell your story. I would love to have some inspiring stories to put on the new website I am building and IF methadone has changed your life then we need to hear about it. Won't you please help others by sharing your story with us?  I need every story I can obtain for only we can let the world know, methadone is successful if you use it correctly and don't abuse it. Please let us hear from you whether it is to share about your opiate treatment program, if it is to meet others like yourself and obtain support, ask questions or share your stories to inspire others.   

If you are attending a Methadone Maintenance Treatment Facility, then, we would  like to know how you feel about it. Is it meeting all your needs?  Are you satisfied with the counseling you receive? How about dosing increases? Are you given any respect?  How exactly are you treated? 

Do you receive monthly take-outs?  If not, is it because your facility does not allow
monthly take-outs? We need to know... Is it because you have failed drug screens?
If you have monthly take-outs, then are you receiving call-backs for them to check your medication? Are you given ample notice?  Has the call -backs interfered with your work?

We want to hear about your drug screens.  Have you received a positive urine test
and not received the chance to have a Confirmation GC/MS Test even if you were willing to pay for it?  Do you know certain medications can cause you to test false positive? Are they educating you about the drug screens?  I want to know because it is time for change---!  I am asking you to click on the URL above and tell us what  you like and dislike about your facilities. 

We are not asking you to leave your name unless you want to make a statement about  where you attend. We ask you to please leave the name of your methadone
maintenance treatment facility along with the state it is located in.  We know all the clinics are not bad.  There has to be some good ones and it is those we need to hear about as well.  

Some of you have found really great clinics and we definitely want to hear about them. If you have found an exceptional one then please tell us where it is located. Please include what makes it so special to you.   

If you are interested in knowing about the people that created "Medical Assisted Treatment" and what we hope to accomplish, please click on "About Us" at the top of the page.  I will introduce you to each of us and share with you our credentials and why we became part of the vision. 

If this is your first visit and you are in need of help, whether you are on heroin or are addicted to prescription medications is not important.  Maybe you are at home tonight wondering, "What am I going to do?"  You are at the end of your rope and your life is falling apart at the seams.

Your partner has just walked out on you and you are all alone.  Been there. Done that!   - You heart is breaking into and the tears keep coming and the pain just will not stop! You just don't believe you can stand much more. You just want the pain to stop therefore you keep popping pills and drinking alcohol to deaden all you feel.  I can tell you it may leave for tonight but it will be right back in the morning. You will have to come to terms with the pain. You say, "I have no friends and my parents won't help me because I have burned the bridges behind me."

I can share with you, we all understand what you are dealing with.  Most of us here are familiar with all you are going through. We understand why you started using
and we are not here to judge you.  Most of us here have been alienated from our parents and some of us have made amends.  What I am trying
 to get across to all
of you is we are here for you. There is absolutely nothing worse than feeling you are all alone and I know by experience. We all need friends and support. There is
no one I know who doesn't need help from time to time. I am asking you... reach  out and allow us to help.   

You are in withdrawal and have no idea where you are going to obtain the money for your next fix.  It keeps taking more and more - - today, you joined the ranks of the unemployed. You can hear your baby screaming ...if he would only shut up for a few minutes... you need time to think. ....You walk into his room to see what is wrong ... his diaper is dry and you get his bottle but he doesn't seem to want it but he continues to cry ...you can't stand it any longer and you pick him up and start to shake him screaming "Shut up!"  Then you realize what you have done and you lay him down and run out of the room. You know you need help but who can you turn to?  There is no one ... no one at all you feel that cares whether you live or die.  You are very wrong, we care.  

You have found yourself at a fork in the road that depending on the direction you take will determine your life's outcome..  What is happening to you is not unusual and has happened to many of us.  Many became prostitutes to support their habit and provide for their children. (Maybe all of them did not have a choice. Maybe they had no one to turn to.)

You do have a choice. We are here for you. We will work with you to find you the help you need. We will call you at our expense. We really care for you and some of us have been where you are and they came to us and we hooked them up with people that could help them. We are here to give you  support  and it helps to talk with others who can relate to what you are going through. Please before you make any decisions, give us a try?  

Maybe, none of the above scenarios fit what is happening to youYou may not be on any illegal drugs but you became addicted to prescription medications. You had to start doctor shopping to obtain enough and today your husband found out.
He is very angry with you and can't understand. You are afraid He is going to leave you and take the children if you don't stop. You can't see how you can do it even though you really want to. You have tried many times before amd failed because  you just couldn't handle the withdrawals...I want you to know there is "Hope."

You may not be aware of some of the newer medications they have developed. ~ It is possible they will work for you.  They will take the withdrawals along with your cravings away.  If you are interested in learning more then, please, give us a call? Let us be there for you and help you find what you need.  We will not desert you and will stay by your side until you feel you are capable of handling it all on your own.         

Stop, right now, go on ahead and have a pity party, I tell you, - I have been where you are. I know what you are feeling.  Tonight you are coming apart at the seams. After you have finished feeling sorry for yourself, then pull yourself together, give me a call and together we will start putting your life back together. 

 - Tonight you probably feel like you are drowning and need someone to throw you a life jacket  look up!  Here it comes  ~   did you catch it?  - Great, then you have been given a second chance if  you need one.  Rejoice!!!  -  "Today is the first day of the rest of your life."  If you need help getting started, - then call us at 770-334-3655 and leave your name and number and the best time to reach you.  - We will call you back to help you with your "New Beginning."  

Confidentiality of data relating to 
individual patients and visitors
to "Medical Assisted Treatment"
website including their  identity,
is respected by this website.
          

 Drug addiction is a complex brain disease.   Don't let anyone tell you differently!   Believe me it has nothing to do with your morals, lack of family values, - - - nor the power of you will. You are not "defective merchandise " as you have believed.  Craving arises from the brain's need to maintain a state of homeostasis,  that now includes the presence of the drug.  - - -Cravings have a physical basis in the brain. 

Drugs can cause long-term changes in the anatomy and physiology of the brain's neurons I just ask you, if you feel as if you cannot make it without medication, either to give us a call if you need information or make an appointment to obtain the help  you need.  Forget what others say about methadone, think about yourself for a change and what exactly your needs are. You do what you must to straighten your life out, for you alone are responsible for the decisions you make - not your parents, nor your friends - but to thine ownself be true!!! 

"Money meant nothing to me.  Like, if some guy gave me a $100 bill I'd go out and burn it or cut it in half for all that I cared" (Adler, 1993, p.86).  - - - - -  Money meant nothing to me either except that I had to have it to get my drugs.  I only thought of money in terms of how many Dilaudids I could purchase - - other than that, I didn't care one way or the other.  Sound familiar?  If it does then let us help you?

We are open 24/7 every day of the year
Please do not hesitate to call. We are here 
just for you. You are never alone.  Call:
Office:  770-334-3655 Cellular: 770-527-9119
If you are low on money then just e-mail:
deborahshrira@comcast.net with name,phone
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Editor:  Deborah Shrira 2010©

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