Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-49828
Waldvogel, D; Figner, B; Eich, D (2005). Illicit methadone injecting during methadone maintenance treatment in a specialised out-patient clinic. Swiss Medical Weekly, 135(43-44):644-646.
AIM: The injection of non-sterile methadone designed for oral consumption is associated with serious health risks. There is only a small number of studies on this topic, with divergent results. The main aim of the present study was to obtain data on the frequency of methadone injecting in a state out-patient clinic specialised in substance use disorders. METHODS: Eighty patients in methadone maintenance treatment were interviewed with a short questionnaire. Mean age was 32 years, 76% were male, mean methadone dose was 55 mg. RESULTS: Twenty-six patients (32%) indicated having injected methadone at least once in their life. Only four patients (5%) reported having injected methadone within the preceding month (mean dose 56 mg). All four had injected additional substances during this month. CONCLUSIONS: Frequency rates appeared low compared with other studies despite a generous take-away policy. The results suggest an association between methadone injecting and a more general tendency to inject substances.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Clinical and Social Psychiatry Zurich West (former)|
|Dewey Decimal Classification:||610 Medicine & health|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Adult - Ambulatory Care Facilities - Cross-Sectional Studies - Female - Humans - Injections, Intravenous - Male - Methadone/administration & dosage - Questionnaires - Substance-Related Disorders/drug therapy - Switzerland|
|Deposited On:||29 Sep 2011 10:45|
|Last Modified:||27 Nov 2013 19:13|
|Publisher:||EMH Swiss Medical Publishers|
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