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 2001 PDF file 391Kb
Prevention is a two-way process

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
In a series of renowned meta-analyses, Nancy Tobler integrated research on over 100 school prevention programmes: key message for educators, make it a dialogue, not a lecture. Here she gives an accessible, practice-oriented account of her findings.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 97Kb
General practices can be trained to help families cope with drinkers and drugtakers

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
A UK pilot study demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of a treatment package to relieve stress and improve coping among primary care patients affected by problem drug and alcohol use in the family, but few practices implemented the intervention.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 98Kb
Opiate detoxification: spending more may save long term

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
British study suggests that inadequately supervised outpatient programmes may be a waste of money and that costly specialist inpatient programmes are not necessarily more costly per abstinent outcome, but methodological flaws cloud the picture.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 112Kb
Treatment and testing orders should make a substantial dent in drug-related social costs

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
DTTOs were the UK's first borrowing from US drug courts with judges in the driving seat of treatment in sentences intended to avoid prison for drug-driven offenders. This evaluation reveals plusses but also minuses in the form of widespread breaches.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 148Kb
Acupuncture: effectiveness still in doubt

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Two US studies have to an extent contradicted previous pessimistic conclusions about acupuncture treatment for stimulant or alcohol dependence, but only partially and in atypical settings. Evidence remains insufficient to warrant reliance on the therapy.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 163Kb
Change of gear needed if needle exchanges are to combat hepatitis infection

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Implications of a Swedish study which confirmed fears that needle exchanges successful against HIV may not prevent hepatitis infection, and one in Scotland which highlighted sporadic exchange attendance as a major impediment to disease prevention.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 161Kb
Under-dosing and poor initial assessment undermine success of British methadone services

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Reports from the NTORS study in England confirm that the benefits of methadone prescribing persist to two years after treatment entry though nearly a fifth of patients do not respond well to an often ill-defined programme not delivered as intended.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 107Kb
Injectable methadone maintenance suitable for more severely affected heroin addicts

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Conducted in London, the first study to randomise opiate dependent patients to injectable versus oral methadone maintenance suggested that the injectable option is preferable for addicts with relatively severe health and psychological problems.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 140Kb
Brief interventions help cannabis users cut down

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Studies from Australia and the USA show that heavy, long-term cannabis users can be attracted into brief interventions which reduce consumption and improve quality of life and health prospects. For most, longer interventions are unnecessary.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 99Kb
How dependent drug users in Scotland avoided relapse

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Scottish study provides valuable clues to where anti-relapse interventions might focus. Predated by many years the recovery era in British policy but laid some of the foundations for its shift in emphasis from the psychological or biochemical grip of addiction to lifestyle change which breaks with the past satisfyingly enough to forge a positive, non-addict identity and prevent relapse.

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