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STUDY 2005 PDF file 102Kb
Communities that Care aims for science-based community action
When the Communities that Care prevention methodology was tried in Britain, the existing community development infrastructure determined whether local coalitions could implement its risk profiling tools and effectively generate action to address identified risks.
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 180Kb
Environmental gains from injecting room
Reducing offence and alarm caused by public injecting and related litter is a key motivation for establishing supervised injecting facilities, but one rarely subject to scientific scrutiny. This Canadian study established that these benefits really can materialise.
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.
Instead of telling addiction treatment providers what to do to qualify for funding, the US state of Delaware set recruitment and engagement targets and largely left the methods up to the services. Result: more and more engaging treatment without stifling innovation.
STUDY 2009 HTM file
Drug and alcohol services in Scotland
Scotland's national audit body assesses value for money from drug and alcohol services. It found systems poorly informed by the problems to be addressed and what works in addressing them, and in respect of drugs, unclear about what 'value' consists of.
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.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 159Kb
Methadone maintenance as low-cost lifesaver
US studies find that even when slow methadone detoxification is bolstered by psychosocial therapy and aftercare, methadone maintenance does better at prolonging the lives of opiate-dependent patients at relatively little extra cost.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 166Kb
Dual diagnosis add-on to mental health services improves outcomes
A unique British study has found that treatment-resistant schizophrenic patients benefit from additional integrated substance use/mental health therapy, which may also save costs by reducing the need for inpatient care.
Australian study addressing an issue greatly exercising the UK: do you get greater returns per £ from residential rehabilitation or from substitute prescribing? In terms of reduction in the frequency of heroin use, prescribing was one-and-a-half to three times more cost-effective.
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