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Analysis which informed new UK guidelines on the maintenance treatment of opiate dependence concludes that buprenorphine has slightly less 'holding power' than methadone but equivalent suppression of opiate use.
DOCUMENT 2006 PDF file 1326Kb
The Rolleston legacy
In British drug policy no document has more claim to the term 'classic' than the 1926 Rolleston report, which enshrined doctors' freedom to prescribe opiates to opiate addicts.
IN PRACTICE 2005 PDF file 927Kb
Barriers cleared in Endell Street
How a team in London's West End set about systematically overcoming the barriers which prevented the residents of a homelessness hostel getting the treatment they needed. The key step was simple – asking the residents just what it was which stood in the way.
OFFCUT 2005 PDF file 151Kb
Hepatitis C is spreading more rapidly than was thought
From the early 2000s in Britain there was clear evidence from research and routine monitoring that drug policy was failing to contain hepatitis C infection among injectors, and worrying signs of a trend upwards in HIV infection.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 102Kb
More patients drop out after long waits for methadone prescribing
Combined implications of two British studies are that the longer someone waits for methadone treatment, the less likely they are to start it, and even if they do, they will have spent longer at risk from dependent heroin use.
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.
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 2004 PDF file 118Kb
Drug courts can work in Britain
Early studies from Scotland provided affirmative answers to the first two questions about drug courts in Britain – whether they can be made to work and whether offenders can be retained on the court orders.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 105Kb
British GPs as effective as specialist methadone clinics
A two-year follow-up of opiate dependent patients sampled by the national English NTORS study showed that experienced or supported GPs can provide methadone maintenance treatment at least as effectively as specialist clinics.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 156Kb
Prison treatment in Scotland fails to impress
The first published findings from the national Scottish drug treatment evaluation highlighted the relative inadequacy and ineffectiveness of treatment inside as opposed to outside prison.
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