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A survey of community drug team prescribing policies and client views.
Luty J., O'Gara C., Sessay M. et al. Journal of Substance Use: 2010, 15(1), p. 51–59.

Contrary to national guidelines, in the mid-2000s in England and Wales, prescribed doses of the heroin substitute methadone were generally low, and often even new patients were not required to take it under supervision at the pharmacy. Patients in Essex also generally favoured low doses and opposed supervised consumption.

Summary:
Based on data from the mid-2000s, this report relates the findings of a survey of usual prescribing practices at NHS community drug teams in England and Wales (which treat addiction to drugs including heroin) to a companion survey of the opinions on these policies of patients from one area.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general, Opioid
Intervention Type:AOD disorder treatment method, AOD disorder drug therapy
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:9 August 2012
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Volume:09 Aug
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > Wales
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > England
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Patient attitude toward treatment
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Prescription drug (medicine / medication)
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Substance disorder drug therapy
T Demographic characteristics > Substance user
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)

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