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Value of prescribing heroin is uncertain

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7416.638-b (Published 18 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:638
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    More research should be carried out into the effectiveness of prescribing heroin for addicts before the treatment is expanded in Britain, recommended a review published last week.


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    Heroin addicts in Massachusetts

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    The review found that the evidence base for prescribing heroin was relatively weak, with only a few studies evaluating its effectiveness.

    One of the review's authors, Nicky Metrebian, …

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