Methadone maintenance treatment

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6991.1408 (Published 27 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1408
  1. Richard Mattick,
  2. Wayne Hall,
  3. Jeff Ward,
  4. Michael Farrell,
  5. Michael Gossop,
  6. John Strang,
  7. Gerry Stimson
  1. Senior research fellow Acting director Research fellow National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Kensington, NSW 2033, Australia
  2. Senior lecturer Head of research Deputy director National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, London SE5 8AF
  3. Director Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour, London SW6 1RQ

    EDITOR,—Our review of methadone maintenance treatment1 elicited a range of views.2 Wolfgang Poser and colleagues correctly comment that methadone treatment protects against death due to an overdose of opiates2—an effect that we have reviewed elsewhere.3 The problem of deaths due to overdoses of diverted methadone, however, is considerable in Britain and Denmark4 and merits …

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