Follow-up of Cases of Opiate Addiction from the Time of Notification to the Home OfficeBr Med J 1972; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5815.680 (Published 17 June 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:680
- Peter A. L. Chapple,
- David E. Somekh,
- Marilyn E. Taylor
Follow-up of 108 opiate addicts for a period of six to seven years showed that 35 were still being prescribed opiates, 25 were off drugs, 19 were dead, and for 29 it was not certain whether they were on or off drugs. Most patients who came off drugs did so in the first two years after notification to the Home Office. Clearly treatment is more likely to be successful if given early in the life history of the addict, when it is appropriate to give treatment based on withdrawal of drugs rather than substitution.