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Is it time for a heroin maintenance program? Views of users and ex-users

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posted on 1997-01-01, 00:00 authored by P Dance, David CrawfordDavid Crawford, R Ostini, A Stevens, G Bammer
We investigated the feasibility of a trial to provide heroin to dependent users and as part of this sought the views of three groups of users and ex-users. While a majority of each group supported a trial, a greater proportion of people who were currently users of heroin or other illicit opioids were in favour than was the case either for people who had been dependent on heroin in the past or for people who currently used or had used illicit drugs, but who had never used heroin or other opioids. Where possible, we related views about trial outcomes to additional information provided by respondents. This information supported views that a trial might a) increase the number of dependent heroin users and, for trial participants, b) improve health, c) reduce criminal behaviour, especially drug dealing and d) increase the prevalence of driving under the influence of heroin, although this would not necessarily reduce road safety. Difficulties in measuring trial effects on some of these outcome measures are discussed.

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Journal

Addiction research

Volume

5

Pagination

383-394

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1606-6359

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

1997, Overseas Publishers Association

Issue

5

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

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