Drugs: the complete collection
 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 140Kb
Crack: making and sustaining the break

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
The first UK follow-up study of service use by crack users revealed that after residential crisis intervention practically none avoided relapse without the aid of follow-on treatment, especially residential rehabilitation and attending mutual aid groups.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 156Kb
First randomised trial should reassure needle exchange doubters

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
From Alaska the first randomised trial of needle exchange found that compared to pharmacy access, the services reduced risky injecting while if anything also reducing the frequency of injecting and of cocaine use.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 129Kb
Working with couples helps client and family

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
The latest in what experts have called an "impressive" series of studies systematically involving a patient's partner in their treatment for substance dependence found that the benefits extended to naltrexone treatment of opiate dependence.

Hepatitis C and needle exchange

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Major series asking what remains a key question - can needle exchanges step up to the challenge of the highly transmissible hepatitis C virus? Features city case studies and forensic examination of the British record.

REVIEW 2004 PDF file 784Kb
Hepatitis C and needle exchange part 3: the British record

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Reveals the paucity of evidence that exchanges in Britain have directly reduced risk behaviour or infection spread, and the hidden flaw in the seminal pilot study. Lack of real impact is probably less the problem than lack of real evidence of impact.

REVIEW 2004 PDF file 1222Kb
Hepatitis C and needle exchange part 4: the active ingredients

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Final part of the series pulls together the threads in the form of the limitations which threaten viral control and the practice ingredients which hold promise for the future. A revitalised agenda commensurate with the challenge of hepatitis C.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 947Kb
Doing it together strengthens families and helps prevent substance use

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Origins and achievements of the US programme singled out by British reviewers as the most promising "effective intervention over the longer-term for the primary prevention of alcohol misuse".

REVIEW 2004 PDF file 967Kb
Take the network into treatment

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Distinguished US authors summarise the evidence for a new direction in the treatment of substance abuse problems - harnessing friends, lovers, sons, daughters and workmates to reconstruct the incentives in a client's life.

REVIEW 2008 HTM file
International review and UK guidance weigh merits of buprenorphine versus methadone maintenance

on the web
Analysis which informed new UK guidelines on the maintenance treatment of opiate dependence concludes that buprenorphine has slightly less 'holding power' than methadone but equivalent suppression of opiate use.

REVIEW 2003 PDF file 1826Kb
Hepatitis C and needle exchange part 2: case studies

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Six case studies show how the complex balance of exchange services can be disrupted, leaving hepatitis C and HIV spreading rapidly. Common themes are resource starvation, local hostility, counterproductive restrictions and a non-interventionist ethic. Includes influential early studies dating from 1992.

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