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The Methadone Briefing

The Methadone Briefing

An easy to use reference guide to methadone and methadone prescribing: for health and other professionals.


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A reference guide for all workers involved with methadone prescribing. It brings together in one volume the historical, pharmacological, physiological and practical information on methadone and methadone prescribing practice.

For clinicians new to the field it offers practical advice on the essential areas of practice.

The Methadone Briefing is designed to compliment The Methadone Handbook (also available from ISDD) which provides information for clients about their medication.

Kept close to hand, the Methadone Briefing will enable you to answer quickly and authoritatively questions commonly asked by clients, colleagues and purchasers.


The Methadone Briefing was written and edited by:

Andrew Preston, RGN, RMN, Community Nurse, Drug Team, West Dorset Community Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service, Dorchester.

Contributing authors:

Gerald Bennett, BSc, MPhil, PhD, AFBPs, SCPsycol, East Dorset Drug Team.
Sile O’Connor, BSc (Pharm), DAS, MPSI, MRPhS, Addictions Directorate Pharmacist, Maudsley Hospital, London.
Philip Fleming, FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist, Portsmouth Health Care NHS Trust, Northern Road Clinic, Portsmouth.
Mike Blank, RMN, General Manager, Derwen NHS Trust, Carmarthen.
Francis Keaney, MB, MICGP, Registrar in Psychiatry, The Maudsley Hospital, London.
John Derricott, RGN, RMN, Drug Trainer, HIT, Liverpool.
Tom Aldridge, BA, MPhil, CQSW, Freelance Trainer and Consultant.
Janie Sheridan, Phd, MRpharmS, Research Pharmacist, The National Addiction Centre, London.

© The Methadone Briefing. 1996 Andrew Preston.

Extracts from this book may be reproduced and distributed free without permission from the author provided they are cited as follows:

‘Extract from The Methadone Briefing, available from ISDD, Tel: 0171 928 1211′.

Permission must be sought for any reproductions with commercial ends. The author would appreciate being sent copies of any materials in which text has been used.

ISBN 0 9520600 19

Published by Andrew Preston, 1996.

Distributed by: ISDD, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EE.

Published on the internet by DrugText

Peer reviewers:

Michael Farrell, National Addiction Centre.
Mary Glover, MSc, BSc, CQSW, Social Worker, CADAS drug team, Dorchester.
Kim Hager, Director, Exeter Drugs Project.
Andy Malinowski, BA, MSc, CQSW, Director, Druglink, Swindon.
John Merrill, Consultant in drug dependence, Drugs North West, Manchester.
Duncan Rastrick, MRCPsych, Mphil, Clinical Director, Leeds Addiction Unit.
Harry Shapiro, Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence, London.
Nick Wilson, RGN, RMN, Project Manager, CADAS, Dorchester.

We are grateful to Martindale Pharmaceuticals for an educational grant which has made this publication possible.

Your comments and suggestions for future editions of The Methadone Briefing will be gratefully received. Please send them to:

Andrew Preston
c/o CADAS, 28 High West Street,
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UP.

Thanks also to the following for their help in checking facts and offering advice and suggestions for the book:

Jackie Ackhurst, Medical Information, Britannia Pharmaceuticals.
David Beattie, Senior Translator/Medical Writer, Hoechst Rousell Pharmaceuticals, UK.
John Davies, Wellcome Foundation.
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, Swansea.
Pam Fields, Wigan CDT.
Alan Fisher, Martindale Pharmaceuticals.
John Gerrard, Home Office Drugs Inspectorate.
Russ Hayton, Plymouth Community Drug Service.
Hoechst AG, Germany.
Debbie Preston.
Andy Rose.
Martin Shepard, Dorset County Hospital Drug Information Service.
T Snewin, Pharmacist, Law Department, Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
David Taylor, Clinical Director, Pharmacy Department, Maudsley Hospital.
Andrea Ward, Senior Medical Information Officer, Hoechst Rousell Pharmaceuticals, UK.
The Wellcome Trust Library.
Simon Wills, Drug Information Service, Portsmouth Hospital.

Special thanks to:

The peer reviewers (listed above) for all their suggestions and advice.
John Witton and Annie Ryan at the ISDD library and information service for their work in finding dozens of articles and references, often at short notice.
Christine Compton for proof reading and compiling the peer review draft.
Janet Whitehouse for proof reading the final draft.
Karin Woodruff for compiling the index.
Tom Aldridge for his invaluable advice and help as Project Consultant.

And finally:

Hello to Todd, Sam and Rachel.

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