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STUDY 2012 HTM file
Association between harm reduction intervention uptake and recent hepatitis C infection among people who inject drugs attending sites that provide sterile injecting equipment in Scotland

National survey of injectors attending services supplying injecting equipment suggests methadone maintenance plus an abundant supply of needles and syringes help protect Scottish injectors from infection by hepatitis C.

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 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.

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 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.

STUDY 2015 HTM file
Impact of treatment for opioid dependence on fatal drug-related poisoning: a national cohort study in England

Implication of this English study is that to save the lives of people dependent on heroin or similar drugs, they should be engaged and retained in substitute prescribing programmes like methadone maintenance until there is little risk of their relapsing after leaving. Shortly after leaving residential/inpatient settings was the highest risk period.

STUDY 2016 HTM file
Reducing opioid-related deaths in the UK

The UK’s official drug policy advisers conclude that the ageing profile of heroin users with increasingly complex health needs has contributed to recent increases in drug-related deaths, and that to hold down the increases government must maintain investment in substitute prescribing programmes like methadone maintenance.

HOT TOPIC 2017 HTM file
Overdose deaths in the UK: crisis and response

One of our selection of hot topics – important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Why did the fall in UK drug overdose deaths in 2009 to 2012 so decisively reverse in the following years? A life-threatening turn away from harm reduction, or simply an ageing population of heroin users?

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Outpatient versus inpatient opioid detoxification: a randomized controlled trial

Methadone maintained heroin-dependent patients in Birmingham (UK) randomised to inpatient v. outpatient lofexidine-based detoxification rarely sustained long-term opioid abstinence; return to maintenance was the typical outcome.

IN PRACTICE 2004 PDF file 418Kb
Giving the silent majority a voice

Constrained by guidelines and standards, a UK prescribing service could do little to respond to user survey feedback.


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