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Fatal methadone overdose

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 29 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:975
  1. Emyr W Benbow, Senior lecturer in pathologya,
  2. Ian S D Roberts, Lecturer in pathologya,
  3. Alison Cairns, Registrar in pathologyb
  1. a University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT
  2. b Bradford Royal Infirmary, Bradford BD9 6RJ

    Editor–We had grandiose plans for our study of methadone related deaths1–until we realised that the local drug rehabilitation community was more interested in bidding for a forthcoming contract to provide a methadone maintenance programme to Manchester Health Authority. Our most informative contact refused to be acknowledged in print for fear of dismissal for revealing “commercially sensitive” information about the nature of certain bids. For these reasons, we limited ourselves to studying coroners' records. We freely admit that this approach has drawbacks: for …

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