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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 581Kb
Force in the sunshine state

Early in the 1960s administrative blunders in California paved the way for what remains the most convincing test of court-ordered treatment. The mistakes created a near-perfect yet natural control group against which to compare outcomes.

STUDY 2000 PDF file 155Kb
Achievable and avoidable rewards and punishments improve methadone outcomes

Contingency management regimes which systematically reward abstinence or penalise drug use generally improve outcomes in methadone programmes, but there are considerable ethical and practical limitations to the applicability of this approach.

STUDY 2000 PDF file 187Kb
Buprenorphine advances offer safer maintenance therapy for heroin addiction

Implications of the first truly double-blind comparison of buprenorphine tablets versus methadone and the first trial of whether the buprenorphine/naloxone tablet (intended to deter misuse by injection) remains effective if taken every other day.

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 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 223Kb
Treatment staff matter as much as the drug

Three US studies prove there is more to methadone maintenance than the drug. The individual counsellor and whether they respond constructively to patient problems can dramatically affect retention and drug use outcomes.

STUDY 1999 PDF file 217Kb
Buprenorphine safer than methadone for less dependent patients

Two European studies suggest that compared to methadone, more patients drop out if buprenorphine is used to maintain opiate addicts but also that a substantial proportion are retained and sustain abstinence from illegal opiates.

STUDY 1999 PDF file 178Kb
Some counselling maximises methadone cost-effectiveness

Suggests that increasing availability of counselling modestly (to three times a week, uptake in practice under one a week) buys more abstinence per dollar than offering daily access plus other services.


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