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UK POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRE-SCHOOL PREVENTION
National UK policy recommendations for pre-school initiatives to forestall later problems including
those related to substance use, based partly on a review of the most promising programmes.
WHETHER AFTER INPATIENT OR OUTPATIENT DETOX, OPIATE ABSTINENCE RARELY LASTS
Methadone maintained heroin-dependent patients in Birmingham (UK) randomised to inpatient v.
outpatient lofexidine-based detoxification rarely sustained long-term opioid abstinence; return to
maintenance was the typical outcome.
4 IN 10 WHO DIE FROM DRUGS IN SCOTLAND WERE RECENTLY IN TREATMENT
New database offering in-depth information on drug deaths in Scotland reveals that 60% of cases had
been in contact with drug treatment services, nearly 40% in the past six months, suggesting there
had been chances to intervene.
HOW THE PILOT ENGLISH AND WELSH DRUG COURTS ARE WORKING
Staff and offender views and observations of the implementation and working of pilot courts in
England and Wales dedicated to the sentencing of problem drug users, and in particular to their
rehabilitation through court-supervised treatment.
SWISS DISSECT BRIEF INTERVENTION TO FIND OUT WHAT MAKES IT TICK (OR NOT)
The disappointing finding of no impact in a Swiss study of a brief alcohol intervention with risky
drinking A&E patients prompted painstaking analyses of why some patients did respond, and why some
counsellors had far better results than others.
PROVIDING INJECTING PARAPHERNALIA MAY REDUCE SHARING OF THIS EQUIPMENT
Limitations in the research mean the best that can be said is that attending needle exchanges which
provide injecting paraphernalia other than needles and syringes may be associated with reduced
sharing of this equipment.
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