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Mullen, Louise and Keenan, Eamon and Barry, Joseph and Long, Jean and Mulholland, Deirdre and Grogan, Loretto and Delargy, Ide (2010) Factors predicting completion in a cohort of opiate users entering a detoxification programme. Irish Journal of Medical Science , 179 , pp. 569-573.

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AIM: To determine the outcome and factors influencing outcome among a cohort of drug users commencing detoxification from opiate use.

METHODS: National cohort study of randomly selected opiate users commencing methadone detoxification treatment in 1999, 2001 and 2003 (n = 327).

RESULTS: One quarter 62 (25.6%) of opiate users had a successful detoxification within the 3-month study criteria. Receiving some inpatient treatment as part of detoxification programme resulted in completion by 56.3% drug users compared to outpatient only treatment (21%). The factors independently influencing detoxification are as follows: having some inpatient treatment AOR 5.9 (2.63-13.64) and never having injected AOR 2.25 (1.20-4.25). An additional 31 (9%) opiate users had a detoxification between 3 months and 1 year and 27 (8%) moved into methadone maintenance.

CONCLUSIONS: This study finds that having some inpatient treatment increases the likelihood of a detoxification within 3 months. Offering a detoxification early in a drug using career pre-injecting drug use should be considered for suitable and motivated patients.


Item Type:Article
Date:21 February 2010
Page Range:pp. 569-573
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Detoxification method
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health services, substance use research

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