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Prohibition of take-home dosages: negative consequences on methadone maintenance treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8793314     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patients on methadone maintenance were forewarned that a law prohibiting take-home dosages was to be enforced within 6 months. At the end of the 6-month period preceding the enforcement of the law the effect of the anticipated suppression of the take-home privilege was studied on a cohort of 211 methadone-maintained patients on take-home dosages. The outcome of the treatment of these patients was compared to that of a control group of 220 patients at the end of a 6-month period prior to the announcement of the new law. The outcome of the study suggests that the restrictive regulation is counterproductive for retaining patients in treatment.
P P Pani; R Pirastu; A Ricci; G L Gessa
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Drug and alcohol dependence     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0376-8716     ISO Abbreviation:  Drug Alcohol Depend     Publication Date:  1996 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-04     Completed Date:  1996-12-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513587     Medline TA:  Drug Alcohol Depend     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  81-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Drug Addicition Service, USL 21, Cagliari, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Drug and Narcotic Control / legislation & jurisprudence*
Follow-Up Studies
Heroin Dependence / psychology,  rehabilitation*
Methadone / administration & dosage*
Narcotics / administration & dosage*
Patient Dropouts / psychology
Risk Factors
Social Environment*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Narcotics; 76-99-3/Methadone

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