Methadone maintenance reduces injecting in prison

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1162b (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1162
  1. Kate Dolan,
  2. Wayne Hall,
  3. Alex Wodak
  1. Research officer Director National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Sydney, Australia
  2. Director Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

    EDITOR,—HIV can spread rapidly among injecting drug users in prison, even when HIV prevalence is low.1 Despite this, few countries have implemented HIV prevention measures for inmates and no evidence exists on the effectiveness of such measures in correctional environments. Condoms are provided to inmates in 19 countries and bleach in 13. Methadone is provided to inmates on a maintenance treatment basis in only five countries and for detoxification …

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