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 783 documents.

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STUDY 2001 PDF file 209Kb
Simple induction procedures help alcohol and drug users engage with residential rehabilitation

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
In the USA relatively simple extensions to induction procedures for residential rehabilitation made a radical difference to how deeply coerced and other less motivated clients engaged with the programmes.

REVIEW 2001 PDF file 193Kb
Methadone shades buprenorphine for outcomes but safety could tip the balance

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Two meta-analyses combining the results of studies comparing buprenorphine with methadone for the treatment of opiate dependence found little difference in outcomes, suggesting that selection can be based on patient preference, safety and cost.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 274Kb
Antabuse reduces cocaine and alcohol use among opiate maintenance patients

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Regular alcohol and cocaine use are common among opiate dependent patients and only partially (if at all) affected by opioid maintenance treatment; US studies suggest that disulfiram can curb use of both these drugs among maintenance patients.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 171Kb
Encouraging people to return for aftercare

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Two simple inexpensive interventions have been shown to make a substantial difference to the rate of return for aftercare following intensive day or residential care, helping maintain the benefits especially for the most vulnerable patients.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 199Kb
What effect do police crackdowns have on the demand for treatment?

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Indicating that enforcement can foster treatment entry, in Switzerland and Australia police disruption of familiar and accessible heroin markets or the cumulation of enforcement pressure persuaded some users to enter methadone maintenance.

OFFCUT 2001 PDF file 108Kb
US best practice and evidence-based treatment guides

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Treatment Improvement Protocol expert consensus statements on best practice and evidence-based therapy manuals available free of charge from US government web sites.

OFFCUT 2001 PDF file 140Kb
Comprehensive guides to buprenorphine prescribing from Australia

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
The Australian national policy on using buprenorphine in the treatment of opiate dependence and comprehensive national guidelines for clinicians.

OFFCUT 2001 PDF file 128Kb
Scottish Effective Interventions Unit guides to evaluating drug interventions

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Direct links to the first six guides on how to evaluate drug services and interventions and a link to the site where later guides can be found - search for Evaluation Guide.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Treatment on bail makes little discernable difference

on the web
In 2004-5 three English areas piloted a court order which made assessment and if indicated treatment a condition of non-custodial bail. It prompted some defendants to enter treatment but impacts on retention, offending and imprisonment could not be shown.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Concern over abstinence outcomes in Scotland's treatment services

McKeganey N.
on the web
A study of drug (mainly heroin) users starting treatment in 2001 in Scotland revealed what the researchers believed were worryingly low rates of abstinence nearly three years later, but the findings have been widely misinterpreted.

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