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STUDY 2011 HTM file
A good quality of life under the influence of methadone: a qualitative study among opiate-dependent individuals

Opiate dependent methadone patients in Belgium give their own accounts of what for them constitutes a good quality of life. Generally they want what other people want: a meaningful, independent life and supportive relationships. Methadone creates the preconditions for such a life at the same time as it limits its achievement.

REVIEW 2010 HTM file
Quality of life among opiate-dependent individuals: a review of the literature

The first systematic review of research on the quality of life of opiate users finds this generally improves once they enter substitute prescribing treatments, but that few studies have assessed what counts as a good life from the point of view of the patient.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Benefits of concurrent syringe exchange and substance abuse treatment participation

From Baltimore in the USA, evidence that encouraging syringe exchange participants to enter treatment will reduce their drug use, crime and injecting more than syringe exchange alone.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Long-term outcomes of office-based buprenorphine/naloxone maintenance therapy

Abstinence and recovery characterised by employment are priority UK policy objectives to which the extension of mutual aid is considered a major route. This US study illustrates that both the route and the objectives are not just compatible with, but may be promoted by opiate maintenance prescribing.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Buprenorphine implants for treatment of opioid dependence: a randomized controlled trial

According to an editorial in the same journal, this study of implants providing six months of 24-hour a day maintenance to suppress heroin use represents a "potentially important step forward" in expanding treatment options for opioid dependence.

REVIEW 2010 HTM file
Heroin anticraving medications: a systematic review

The observation that craving can precipitate relapse to heroin use or drop-out even among methadone-maintained patients led to this search for evidence that other medications can help suppress the urge to use; buprenorphine had the most extensive positive research record to date.

NOTES 2010 PDF file 239Kb
Preventing unauthorised use of medications prescribed for the treatment of opiate addiction

Detailed and fully referenced notes on preventing the diversion of maintenance medications like methadone on to the illicit market, with an emphasis on the pros and cons of supervised consumption.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Heroin-assisted treatment in Switzerland: a case study in policy change

How a damaging and socially divisive drug scene in Switzerland led that country to try prescribing heroin to heroin addicts and the political and cultural processes behind this experimental programme becoming accepted practice.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 108Kb
1 in a 100 chance of dying after treatment with heroin-blocking drug

In Australia heroin-addicted patients trying to avoid relapse by taking the opiate-blocking drug naltrexone had at least a 1 in a 100 chance of dying within three months, usually from overdose in the weeks after treatment ended; the true figure may have been as high as 8 in a 100.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 145Kb
Stripped down methadone prescribing better than leaving patients to wait

What can you do if patients have to wait for a methadone slot? This US study found that offering a bare-bones substitute prescribing service during the waiting period meant patients felt better, used drugs less and were more likely eventually to enter the fully-fledged programme.


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