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STUDY 2005 PDF file 154Kb
Hepatitis C therapy cost-effective for injectors
Two new analyses agree that despite relapse to drug use and imperfect adherence to a demanding medical regime, anti-viral therapy for hepatitis C infection in drug injectors cost-effectively prolongs and improves life.
REVIEW ABSTRACT 2009 HTM file
The primary prevention of hepatitis C among injecting drug users
To curb hepatitis C, UK government advisers call for substantial expansion of needle exchange provision so that a new set of equipment is available for every injection and for methadone programmes to provide access to injecting equipment and vice versa.
REVIEW 2008 HTM file
Opioid substitution therapy in prisons: reviewing the evidence
Brief but thoroughly researched review commends prison methadone programmes as causing no substantial problems while improving the climate in prison, reducing drug use and infection risk behaviours, and improving post-release treatment uptake and recidivism rates.
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.
STUDY 2009 HTM file
Methadone patients in the therapeutic community: a test of equivalency
Are therapeutic communities incompatible with methadone maintenance? Not when staff have been prepared to accept and work with methadone patients and programmes adapted to accommodate them. Then patients stay as long and sustain abstinence from illegal drug use just as well as other residents.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 190Kb
First randomised trial finds methadone helps prisoners control drug use and infection risk
In Australia the first trial to randomly allocate prisoners seeking this treatment to methadone maintenance found substantial reductions in heroin use, injecting and syringe sharing, promising to avert infections and preserve lives.
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.
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