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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
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Accession Number:HRB 2011 (Available)
Related URLs:
Subjects:HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method
B Substances > Opioids (opiates) > Heroin
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Substance disorder drug therapy

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