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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
Publication Type
International, Book
Drug Type
Opioid, Prescription/Over the counter
Intervention Type
Treatment method
Date
2003
Call No
HK2.10
Pages
vi, 54
Publisher
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Place of Publication
York
ISBN
1-85935-082-8
Notes
includes bibliographical references
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 2011 (Available)
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