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STUDY 2011 HTM file
Methadone maintenance, QTc and torsade de pointes: who needs an electrocardiogram and what is the prevalence of QTc prolongation?

British guidelines suggest electrocardiogram screening of methadone patients at heightened risk of a form of possibly methadone-aggravated cardiac disorder which can result in sudden death. But a London clinic found this would still mean testing most patients, with huge resource implications yet uncertain benefits.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Investigating the effect on public behaviour of patients of a medically supervised injectable maintenance clinic

Addicts attending a clinic twice a day to take prescribed heroin seems like a recipe for an unwelcome increase in local drug-related disorder and nuisance, but in London the effect was to remove rather than add people to the troubling street-drinking population.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
The community impact of RIOTT, a medically supervised injectable maintenance clinic in south London

Addicts attending a clinic twice a day to take prescribed heroin seems like a recipe for an unwelcome increase in local drug-related disorder and nuisance, but given (as there usually will be) small numbers, experience in London was that not much changed.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Heroin maintenance for chronic heroin-dependent individuals

Update of the first authoritative review to combine results from all trials to date of long-term heroin prescribing for the management of heroin addiction finds important advantages for seemingly intractable patients previously failed by methadone, including reduced illegal drug use.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Methadone prescribing under supervised consumption on premises: a Scottish clinician's perspective on prescribing practice

Survey responses from clinicians prescribing methadone at Scottish addiction treatment clinics show how the requirement that patients be observed taking the medication involves striking a balance between safety, individualising treatment, and attracting and retaining patients.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
How does cognitive behaviour therapy work with opioid-dependent clients? Results of the UKCBTMM study

Compromised by an inability to interest enough patients, the only randomised UK trial of cognitive-behavioural therapy for methadone patients was unable to be definitive but did find some signs of benefit and that the therapy had pulled some of the intended psychological levers.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
What is the role of harm reduction when drug users say they want abstinence?

A team including one of the researchers responsible for the original finding have queried the interpretation of the highly influential report from a national Scottish study that most drug users starting treatment wanted to become abstinent. On the basis of in-depth interviews, they caution that it is just not that simple.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Long-term outcomes of aftercare participation following various forms of drug abuse treatment in Scotland

On several measures, the few drug dependent patients who accessed aftercare after treatment in Scotland in the early 2000s did better than the majority who chose to or were left to fend on their own – but could this be attributed to the aftercare, or would they have done well anyway?

ABSTRACT 2011 HTM file
Guidance for the use of substitute prescribing in the treatment of opioid dependence in primary care

Evidence-based guidance for British GPs on how to withdraw heroin and other opioid addicts from opiate-type drugs or to maintain them by long-term prescribing of legal substitutes, with a focus on the use methadone and buprenorphine, the main medications used for these purposes in the UK.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
The National Drug Related Deaths Database (Scotland) report 2009

New database offering in-depth information on drug deaths in Scotland reveals that 60% of cases had been in contact with drug treatment services, nearly 40% in the past six months, suggesting that there had been chances to intervene which for these patients had been insufficient to avoid death.


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