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Prescription of heroin to treatment resistant heroin addicts

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7433.228-a (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:228

Replacement therapies need to be tested on a level playing field

  1. Laurence J Reed (spdpljr@iop.kcl.ac.uk), specialist registrar,
  2. Cornelis de Wet, specialist registrar,
  3. Jennifer Bearn, consultant
  1. Bethlem Royal Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX
  2. Bethlem Royal Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX

    EDITOR—The study of medical prescription of heroin by van den Brink et al should be interpreted with caution.1

    Firstly, the selection of opiate dependent patients with at least four weeks of continuous treatment in the past five years does not define resistance to treatment with methadone treatment, but rather, early treatment …

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