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STUDY 2008 HTM file 9Kb
Helping drug treatment patients find work pays (some) dividends in Scotland
Scotland's DORIS project found that providing employment-related support as part of the addiction treatment package improved the employment prospects of at least a minority of patients.
REVIEW 2004 PDF file 909Kb
The power of the welcoming reminder
Part 1 of the Manners Matter series. In seemingly mundane tasks like reminding patients of appointments and checking how they are doing after they leave, individualised and welcoming communications characterise retention-enhancing services.
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.
STUDY 2008 HTM file
Concern over abstinence outcomes in Scotland's treatment services
A study of drug (mainly heroin) users starting treatment in 2001 in Scotland revealed what the researchers believed were worryingly low rates of abstinence nearly three years later, but the findings have been widely misinterpreted.
SERIES OF ARTICLES 2001 PDF file 3944Kb
Overdosing on opiates
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 how to prevent opiate overdose deaths.
REVIEW 2001 PDF file 1041Kb
Overdosing on opiates part II: prevention
Based on a painstaking analysis of the causes of opiate overdose, an international team investigate ways to curb the increasing death rate. Key message: the deaths are preventable, and preventing them is within our reach. All it takes is some stretching.
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.
STUDY 2001 PDF file 107Kb
Injectable methadone maintenance suitable for more severely affected heroin addicts
Conducted in London, the first study to randomise opiate dependent patients to injectable versus oral methadone maintenance suggested that the injectable option is preferable for addicts with relatively severe health and psychological problems.
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.
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