Incidence of heroin use in Zurich, Switzerland: a treatment case register analysis

  title={Incidence of heroin use in Zurich, Switzerland: a treatment case register analysis},
  author={C. Nordt and R. Stohler},
  journal={The Lancet},
  • C. Nordt, R. Stohler
  • Published 2006
  • Medicine
  • The Lancet
  • BACKGROUND Switzerland has been criticised for its liberal drug policy, which could attract new users and lengthen periods of heroin addiction. We sought to estimate incidence trends and prevalence of problem heroin use in Switzerland. METHODS We obtained information about first year of regular heroin use from the case register of substitution treatments in the canton of Zurich for 7256 patients (76% of those treated between 1991 and March, 2005). We estimated the proportion of heroin users… CONTINUE READING
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