Loss of tolerance and overdose mortality with detoxification: Deaths have been associated with interventions

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7411.393-b (Published 14 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:393
  1. Clive L Morrison, general practitioner (Clive.Morrison@gp-w91009.wales.nhs.uk)
  1. Pendyffryn Medical Group, Central Surgery, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 9DH

    EDITOR—Strang et al reported the death rate after inpatient detoxification but not treatment status before admission, which may be an important factor.1 Addiction services should record these outcomes through monitoring adverse events. Detoxification can be inappropriately recommended to patients when there is an expectation in the service to encourage alternatives to long term methadone prescribing. A safer option may be detoxification …

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