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Methadone prescribing should continue in Scotland, says review

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5281 (Published 23 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5281
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

An inquiry has concluded that prescribing methadone to drug users should remain a central part of treatment in Scotland, despite claims that the policy had proved a failure.

It said that the evidence of the benefits of replacement therapy was strong, but it recommended that the therapy should be part of a full range of treatment options aimed at promoting recovery. It also recommended a greater role for family doctors and pharmacists in deciding how drug treatment services should be delivered locally.

The review was ordered after political and media opposition to the methadone programme, which has …

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