Deaths related to methadone have doubled in Lothian

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7096.1763a (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1763
  1. Judy Greenwood, Consultant psychiatrista,
  2. Helen Zealley, Director of public healthb,
  3. Dermot Gorman, Consultant in public health medicineb,
  4. Paul Fineron, Senior lecturer in forensic medicinec,
  5. Tim Squires, Research fellowc
  1. a Community Drug Problem Service, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh EH10 5HF
  2. b Lothian Health, Edinburgh EH8 9RS
  3. c Forensic Medicine Unit, Department of Pathology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9AG

    see p 1730

    Editor—In Lothian in the late 1970s injecting drug use increased rapidly. In an attempt to eradicate this the availability of needles and syringes was severely restricted. One consequence of this policy was that in the early '80s the newly arrived HIV infection spread rapidly among injecting drug users who had been deprived of injecting equipment.1

    In the mid-eighties methadone began to be prescribed to drug misusers who were HIV positive, and needles and syringes …

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