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Methadone treatment

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1480

Methadone treatment is not the only option

  1. J R Robertson,
  2. J Macleod
  1. General practitioner Muirhouse Medical Group, Edinburgh EH4 4PL
  2. General practitioner Edinburgh Drug Addiction Study, Edinburgh EH4 4PL

    EDITOR,—The recent editorial and three papers about methadone raise many points of interest and controversy.1 2 3 4 The editorial's message—that methadone works, and so we should get on and use it—conceals not only the issue of deaths in drug users2 but also several other issues: drug users in prison, social inequalities and poverty relating to drug users, the spread of HIV from drug users to the heterosexual population, the fact that drug users …

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