Evidence for controlled heroin use? Low levels of negative health and social outcomes among non-treatment heroin users in Glasgow (Scotland)

David Shewan, Phil Dalgarno

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Abstract

This longitudinal study focused on 126 long-term heroin users who had never been in specialist treatment for use of any drug. The primary aim of the study was to assess whether this ‘hidden’ population resembled heroin users identified with drug treatment agencies, or alternatively, to test whether heroin could indeed be used in a controlled, non-intrusive fashion for an extended period of time. Recruitment was achieved through chain-referred purposive sampling methods, and data were collected through two semi-structured interviews. 67% of participants were re-recruited for follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Health Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2005

Keywords

  • heroin use
  • non-treatment heroin users

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