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REVIEW 2003 PDF file 925Kb
Role Reversal

Controversial, expensive, yet promising so much, interest is increasing in prescribing heroin to heroin addicts. Just five studies hold what answers there are to whether this can work, including a probably unrepeatable early British study.

OFFCUT 2003 PDF file 147Kb
NTA guidance on heroin prescribing

Guidance from the English National Treatment Agency on the prescribing of injectable opioids for the treatment of heroin addiction based on the views of an expert group and a review of the literature.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 208Kb
Ways to expand shared care for opiate addicts

Offering specialist support can transform the proportion of opiate users treated by GPs on a 'shared care' basis was the clear message of a randomised study in the north west of England.

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.

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 2000 PDF file 111Kb
Careful induction prevents overdose deaths among methadone patients

Studies from Australia and Scotland both find that overdose death during methadone maintenance is closely related to continued illegal drug use in the early stages of treatment.


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