Risk of mortality on and off methadone substitution treatment in primary care: a national cohort study.

Published on Jan 1, 2016in Addiction6.343
· DOI :10.1111/ADD.13087
Gráinne Cousins20
Estimated H-index: 20
(RCSI: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland),
Fiona Boland22
Estimated H-index: 22
(RCSI: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
+ 3 AuthorsTom Fahey75
Estimated H-index: 75
(RCSI: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
6983 patients on a national methadone treatment register aged 16 to 65 years between 2004 and 2010 took part in this study to assess whether risk of death increases during periods of treatment transition, and investigate the impact of supervised methadone consumption on drug-related and all cause mortality. Conclusions: Among primary care patients undergoing methadone treatment, continuing in methadone treatment is associated with a reduced risk of death. Patients' risk of all-cause mortality increases following treatment cessation, and is highest in the initial four week period. (This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.)
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