Risks from forced detoxification from heroin are being ignored, conference hearsBMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6116 (Published 23 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6116
- Mark Hunter
Changes of policy on provision of services to drug users risk forcing thousands of people into detoxification and abstinence programmes before they are ready, a primary care specialist in drug misuse has warned. The potential consequences could be fatal.
Steve Brinksman, a GP from Birmingham and clinical lead of the support network on substance misuse management in general practice, told a meeting in Manchester that the recent shift in emphasis away from harm reduction and stabilisation towards a more recovery based approach should not be allowed to go too far.
“Detoxification is not a cure for anything,” he said. “It is a small step in the process, and if you do not do the preparation beforehand or the aftercare afterwards you are …