Methadone therapy slashes drug crime
Prescribing methadone in general practice can slash crime committed by heroin misusers by almost two-thirds, Dr Jenny Keen has shown.
Dr Keen, clinical research fellow at the institute of general practice and primary care in Sheffield and a GP in the city, analysed the criminal records of the first 100 heroin users treated at her primary care clinic at presentation and one year after starting on meth-adone maintenance.
Convictions fell by 61 per cent and heroin use by 50 per cent in those still on treatment.
, according to results presented to an RCGP drug misuse conference last week.
Dr Keen said: 'I'm not just trying to be an arm of law enforcement. There's massive evidence methadone reduces crime levels when its prescribed by GPs - and there's not many things in general practice you can do that save more lives.'