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Cousins, Grainne and Boland, Fiona and Courtney, Brenda and Barry, Joseph and Lyons, Suzi and Fahey, Tom (2016) Risk of mortality on and off methadone substitution treatment in primary care: a national cohort study. Addiction , 111 , (1) , pp. 73-82.

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6983 patients on a national methadone treatment register aged 16 to 65 years between 2004 and 2010 took part in this study to assess whether risk of death increases during periods of treatment transition, and investigate the impact of supervised methadone consumption on drug-related and all cause mortality.

Conclusions: Among primary care patients undergoing methadone treatment, continuing in methadone treatment is associated with a reduced risk of death. Patients' risk of all-cause mortality increases following treatment cessation, and is highest in the initial four week period. (This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.)


Item Type:Article
Date:2016
Page Range:pp. 73-82
Publisher:Wiley
Volume:111
Number:1
EndNote:View
Subjects:B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
B Substances > Opioids (opiates) > Opioid product > Methadone
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Substance replacement method (substitution) > Methadone maintenance
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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