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STUDY 2001 PDF file 163Kb
Change of gear needed if needle exchanges are to combat hepatitis infection
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
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.
REVIEW 2000 PDF file 2709Kb
Overdosing on opiates part I: causes
The most thorough review to date of the greatest risk posed by illegal drug use in Britain. An international team of authors analyses the causes and finds they go way beyond just taking too much. Includes in the “The Swedish experience” on p. 6 of PDF early studies which established methadone’s lifesaving potential.
STUDY 2000 PDF file 148Kb
English residential rehabilitation services doing well but could do better
A report from the UK National Treatment Outcome Research Study (NTORS) spotlights the achievements of residential services for drug users but more could be done to improve retention and it is unclear how much the treatment had to do with the outcomes.
STUDY 2000 PDF file 111Kb
Careful induction prevents overdose deaths among methadone patients
Studies from Australia and Scotland both find that overdose death during methadone maintenance is closely related to continued illegal drug use in the early stages of treatment.
STUDY 2000 PDF file 121Kb
Community solidarity and civil law important tools in reducing drug-related nuisance and crime
Lessons from Australia and the USA about the potentially harm-producing effects of police crackdowns on street drug dealing and use scenes and the benefits to the community of collective action on the part of residents and property owners.
STUDY 2000 PDF file 144Kb
Methadone's failures respond to heroin
A large-scale trial in Switzerland suggests that despite failures with other treatments, many long-term heroin addicts respond well to a treatment based on injectable heroin.
STUDY 1999 PDF file 255Kb
Methadone treatment cost-effective life saver
Three studies which show that getting in to and staying in methadone treatment cost-effectively saves the lives of heroin addicts. Conversely, being denied treatment or discharged for rule-breaking costs lives.
STUDY 1999 PDF file 228Kb
Shared care encourages GPs to treat addiction
In London access to good quality primary care opiate addiction treatment was expanded by a mixture of support from a local specialist GP, training, peer support, financial reimbursements, and shared care guidelines and protocols.
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