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Only half of patients store methadone in safe place

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1481
  1. Lynn Calman,
  2. Emily Finch,
  3. Beverley Powis,
  4. John Strang
  1. Postgraduate degree nursing student on placement Clinical lecturer Research psychologist Professor of the addictions National Addiction Centre, Maudsley Hospital/Institute of Psychiatry, London SE5 8AF

    EDITOR,—The value of oral methadone maintenance programmes in opiate dependence has now been established,1 but supplies of methadone given to patients to take home pose risks of overdose to adults and children who inadvertently drink the linctus.2 3 Altogether 36% of prescriptions for methadone are reportedly dispensed in weekly instalments,4 yet no information is available on the adequacy of the storage of take home supplies. We report on the domestic …

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