The safe implementation of a prison-based methadone maintenance programme: 7 year time-series analysis of primary care prescribing data

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This study carried out at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Leeds, aimed to evaluate the impact and safety of the introduction of a general practitioner with a special interest (GPsi) in substance misuse led methadone prescribing service into a UK prison between 2003 and 2010.

It found that GP-led opiate prescribing programmes can be introduced safely into secure environments.

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