Drugs: the complete collection
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Drugs: the complete collection

All Effectiveness Bank analyses to date of documents related to use and problem use of illegal drugs starting with the analyses most recently added or updated, totalling today 815 documents.

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STUDY 2004 PDF file 105Kb
British GPs as effective as specialist methadone clinics

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
A two-year follow-up of opiate dependent patients sampled by the national English NTORS study showed that experienced or supported GPs can provide methadone maintenance treatment at least as effectively as specialist clinics.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 190Kb
First randomised trial finds methadone helps prisoners control drug use and infection risk

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
In Australia the first trial to randomly allocate prisoners seeking this treatment to methadone maintenance found substantial reductions in heroin use, injecting and syringe sharing, promising to avert infections and preserve lives.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 115Kb
Clues on to how to match clients to therapeutic styles

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Convergent clues to how to match clients to therapist styles have emerged from research at a Philadelphia counselling service seeing poor black cocaine users and from an offshoot of Project MATCH involving mainly white, employed dependent drinkers.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 191Kb
Clinically relevant comparison supports buprenorphine as methadone alternative

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
A large scale Australian study which approximated recommended clinical procedures found buprenorphine roughly equivalent to methadone as a maintenance treatment for opiate dependence and also roughly as cost-effective.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 196Kb
Student drug users respond well to one-to-one motivational sessions

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
London study suggests that individual brief motivational sessions from non-teaching staff could fulfill a college's responsibilities to prevent drug-related harm more effectively than media campaigns or health education lectures.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 109Kb
Rapid detoxification facilitates transfer to naltrexone but gains fade

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Relative to usual procedures, in the Netherlands, Australia and the USA, rapid withdrawal under anaesthesia enabled more opiate dependent patients to transfer to naltrexone and remain opiate free in the short-term, but within a year gains had diminished.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 99Kb
How to transform a poor aftercare attendance record into an excellent one

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Through a series of inexpensive or cost-free initiatives each building on the other, researchers at the US Salem Veterans Affairs medical centre transformed its aftercare attendance record and improved substance use outcomes.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 86Kb
Scottish report calls for needle exchanges to provide citric acid

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Injectors rapidly converted to using the citric acid sachets piloted by needle exchanges in Scotland, avoiding more risky ways of acidifying their drugs to prepare them for injection.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 91Kb
DTTOs' anti-crime impact undermined by a failure to retain offenders

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
The first published study on Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (treatment offered instead of normal sentencing) in Britain revealed that their impact on drug-related offenders was seriously undermined by widespread failure to complete the orders.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 159Kb
Retention is not just about motivation

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Being motivated enough to cut drug use before treatment entry leads to better outcomes, but even after taking this in to account, this huge US study found outcomes improved the longer patients stayed in residential or non-residential programmes.

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