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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.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 106Kb
Methadone programme loosens up, increases capacity, patients do just as well

Canadian study documents what happens when you 'deregulate' methadone prescribing and permit greater patient choice in treatment and treatment goals. Result: room for more patients, less conflict and no decrease in effectiveness.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 172Kb
Injury rate cut in heavy drinking accident and emergency patients

One of the few studies to have tried alcohol interventions in the emergency department rather than after admission was also the first to find a significant reduction in later injuries, but only if the initial approach had been reinforced with a booster.

OFFCUT 2003 PDF file 134Kb
Is your measure of success what matters to the client, or what matters to everyone else?

How a patient assesses their own well-being can be poorly related to conventional outcomes such as substance use. Using quality of life as a benchmark would often give a different impression of whether one treatment or service is better than another.

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.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 188Kb
Naltrexone helps heavy drinkers gain control

In Spain naltrexone helped young regular binge drinkers cut back, potentially extending its role from alcoholics seeking treatment at specialist clinics to problem drinkers identified in other settings such as primary care.

STUDY 2002 PDF file 1321Kb
The grand design: lessons from DATOS

US drug treatment was under fire, over-stretched and facing the new challenge of crack cocaine when the huge DATOS study set out to test whether it was still delivering benefits, how it worked, and how it could be made better. Truly essential reading.

OFFCUT 2002 PDF file 237Kb
Audit Commission paints a stark picture of drug treatment in England and Wales

In 2002 an Audit Commission investigation of drug services and GP involvement in 11 drug action team areas in England and Wales found weak commissioning practices and the absence of management information and effective performance monitoring.

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.

STUDY 2000 PDF file 104Kb
'Wet shelter' becomes home for street drinkers

After an uncertain start, an experimental project based in London's East End safely housed long-term rough sleepers unwilling to stop drinking, connecting them to medical and other services whilst allowing drinking on the premises.


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