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Stimson, Gerry V and Metrebian, Nicky (2003) Prescribing heroin: what is the evidence? York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation .

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Prescribing heroin is the first overview of how and why heroin is prescribed in the UK. It brings together research evidence from the UK and elsewhere to provide a comprehensive review of the benefits and drawbacks of heroin prescription. Currently only a small number of UK doctors prescribe heroin. The government is planning a cautious and modest expansion of this treatment. This study considers whether heroin prescription is effective in the short and the long term.

It covers:
• Reasons given for prescribing heroin and for expanding such treatment;
• The history of prescribing heroin and how practice has developed;
• The manufacture and use of illicit heroin and its associated risks;
• Current approaches to heroin problems in the UK;
• The range of services available for heroin users.

The study concludes with a summary of the research, clinical, political and practical challenges for expanding heroin prescription.


Item Type
Book
Date
2003
Call No
HK2.10
Pages
vi, 54
Publisher
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Place of Publication
York
ISBN
1-85935-082-8
Keywords
heroin, AODD treatment method, medical treatment method, AODU harm reduction, treatment and maintenance, AODD treatment,
Notes
includes bibliographical references
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 2011 (Available)
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