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Patients on methadone often continue with injected heroin

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:464
  1. Frederick H Meyers
  1. Professor of pharmacology University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA

    EDITOR,—The tentativeness of Michael Farrell and colleagues' conclusions in their review of methadone maintenance programmes suggests that the premise and execution of the programmes should be re-examined before the American policy is adopted elsewhere.1 With reasonable doses of methadone, programmes are plagued by a high rate of early drop outs and frequent and disabling use of non-opiate depressants. With larger doses the use of stimulants is added to the problems. The findings …

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