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Germany sets up register to promote safer use of methadone

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 23 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1510
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    The federal government of Germany has introduced new regulations aimed at making the use of methadone as a heroin substitute safer.

    The new restrictions are the result of a dramatic increase in mortality. Last year there were 2032 deaths from drug misuse in Germany, and in 1 in 4 cases the user was found to have taken methadone. The drug seems to have come on to the …

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