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  • Study shows drug treatment programmes are working

    Posted on July 15th, 2009 TimB No comments

    The Irish Examiner reports programmes for heroin addicts are working, according to a detailed research project.

    A three-year follow-on study of users who entered treatment shows significant improvements in terms of drug use, criminal behaviour and rehabilitation.

    But the poor mental health of users has continued – and in some cases has worsened – and there has been little change in physical health.

    The so-called ROSIE study followed 400 heroin addicts in methadone treatment, undergoing detoxification or in abstinence programmes at one-year and three-year intervals.

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