Loss of tolerance and overdose mortality with detoxification: Results of study need clarification

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7411.393-a (Published 14 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:393
  1. Woody Caan (a.w.caan@apu.ac.uk), professor of public health
  1. Anglia Polytechnic University (APU), Chelmsford CM1 1LL

    EDITOR—Strang et al reported fatal overdose in three former inpatients among 137 who attempted to detoxify from heroin dependence in south London.1 They claim that overdose deaths up to four months after discharge occurred only among the detoxified patients who completed their 28 day programme, who at the time of death were assumed to have none of their former …

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