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STUDY 2003 PDF file 164Kb
Naltrexone implants could reduce the early relapse rate after detoxification
Studies from the UK and Germany suggest that subcutaneous implants of naltrexone which block the effects of heroin for up to seven weeks could help reduce the early relapse rate after detoxification more effectively than the oral form of the medication.
STUDY 2003 PDF file 151Kb
'Most compelling evidence yet' that injecting rooms reduce overdose deaths
A review of all 19 drug consumption rooms in Germany commissioned by the Ministry of Health concluded that they had significantly contributed to reductions in drug-related deaths.
STUDY 2008 HTM file
Adequate needle exchange helps prevent bacterial as well as viral infections
US study suggest that needle exchanges which make adequate supplies of injecting equipment plus advice easily accessible not only prevent viral infections but also bacterial infections and abscesses, relieving a major burden on health services.
REVIEW 2003 PDF file 1150Kb
Hepatitis C and needle exchange part 1: The dimensions of the challenge
First part of the series established that hepatitis C has already infected a substantial minority of British injectors and is spreading rapidly due to continued risk behaviour allied with the robustness, infectivity and prevalence of the virus.
STUDY 2003 PDF file 130Kb
What happens when heroin supplies dry up?
The 2001 'heroin drought' in Australia can be seen as a test of what might happen if enforcement authorities dramatically reduced heroin supplies in a country with a thriving heroin market patronised by an established population of heroin addicts.
STUDY 2002 PDF file 155Kb
Drug users who continue to inject still respond well to hepatitis C treatment
UK guidance from NICE and the Department of Health on the treatment of hepatitis C infection may need to be revised in the light of studies showing that drug users who continue to inject can nevertheless respond well to the treatment.
STUDY 2008 HTM file
Needle exchange coverage key to reducing infection risk
Californian research demonstrating that needle exchanges which prioritise giving out as much injecting equipment as needed have visitors who are more adequately supplied which in turn reduces the risk of transmitting blood-borne diseases.
STUDY 2008 HTM file
High risk of overdose death for opiate detoxification completers
Findings from Italy and Australia warn that detoxification without throughgoing stabilisation, preparation and aftercare is too often a band-aid measure which risks more harm then good.
STUDY 2001 PDF file 188Kb
Outcomes from GP methadone maintenance in Britain match those from specialist clinics
Findings from Liverpool make a valuable addition to a limited UK evidence base confirming that outcomes from addiction treatment by well-supported GPs are at least as good as those achieved by specialist clinics.
STUDY 2001 PDF file 193Kb
Lasting benefits of drug treatment in England
The NTORS study shows that substantial improvements in crime and drug use seen by the end of the first year after starting drug dependence treatment persisted to five years, though a large minority of the sample were still regularly using illegal drugs.
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