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A hundred years ago
23 May 2016
As soon as the acute stage has passed off, usually in a week or two, it is inadvisable to prolong the Weir-Mitchell treatment. The course usually prescribed is six weeks, but this is, in very many cases, harmful. The ennui and monotony are prejudicial, and will engender a feeling of helplessness, feebleness, and dependence upon others. I believe the majority would be far better to begin in a fortnight or three weeks to interest themselves in some pursuit or hobby. It is an interest in life that these people need. This will prevent them from drifting into the chronic stage from which it is so difficult to remove them. In neurasthenia, it is the person rather than the disease that demands treatment.
Weigh up risks and benefits of buprenorphine and methadone
01 Oct 2009
Buprenorphine is safer during induction than methadone and, despite shorter retention in treatment, is not associated with a higher risk of death, a study from New South Wales has found. 'While treatment with methadone has been shown to reduce overall mortality in heroin users, both the early weeks of treatment and the period immediately after leaving treatment are associated with increased risk of death. Buprenorphine has been shown to be a safer option in some small studies.'