Drug Addicts/Misuse

Health written question – answered on 10th February 2005.

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Photo of Michael Connarty Michael Connarty Labour, Falkirk East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made a comparative assessment of the social outcomes for drug users who are under treatment with (a) methadone and (b) buprenorphine; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The Department has not commissioned any assessments comparing drug users who are under treatment with methadone, and those under treatment with buprenorphine, specifically in relation to social outcome.

We recognise that there are both advantages and disadvantages for each treatment method. The choice for patients must be determined by the professional prescribing the treatment, taking all the circumstances of individual cases into account.

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