Pathways into Receiving a Prescription for Diamorphine (Heroin) for the Treatment of Opiate Dependence in the United Kingdom

  title={Pathways into Receiving a Prescription for Diamorphine (Heroin) for the Treatment of Opiate Dependence in the United Kingdom},
  author={Nicola Metrebian and Joy Mott and Z Carnwath and Tom Carnwath and Gerry V. Stimson and Louise Sell},
  journal={European Addiction Research},
  pages={144 - 147}
In the UK, few doctors prescribe diamorphine for the treatment of opiate dependence to a small number of patients. A retrospective case note review of patients receiving diamorphine in 2000 was conducted in the UK to determine how and why these patients came to receive a prescription for diamorphine. Patient eligibility criteria were examined together with doctors’ stated reasons for initiating a diamorphine (heroin) prescription. Two hundred and ten sets of patients’ case notes were reviewed… 

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