Supervised administration of methadone by pharmacists

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6941.1438 (Published 28 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1438
  1. R A Scott,
  2. S J Burnett,
  3. H McNulty
  1. Glasgow Drug Problem Service, Ruchill Hospital, Glasgow G20 9NB Greater Glasgow Health Board, Glasgow G1 1ET.

    EDITOR, - The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recently concluded that structured methadone maintenance programmes should be developed throughout Britain.1 Putting this recommendation into practice is not free from controversy. In the debate on the place of prescribing for drug misusers a criticism commonly made concerns “street leakage,” whereby some or all of the prescribed drug is diverted b]y various means from the patient for whom it is intended towards illicit users.2

    In an attempt to minimise the …

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