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Editorial Gary Hayes, Editor The Government wants report uncovers this very problem. We GPs to be paid an extra investigate the row over contract payments that £350 for every person is threatening not only one of the world’s most they prescribe renowned GP methadone programmes, but is methadone to. The GP putting people’s health and lives at risks. contract is hailed by the Happily there is a bright side. We offer ailing Government as the GPs a tonic in the shape of specialist nurses solution, while GPs see it who, Hannah Jacksley and colleagues argue, as recognition for the hard offer an effective solution to addiction treatment work they have been nerves. We also offer a rare glimpse into the little doing for years – without recognition or proper known world of substance misuse services in payment. The new contract is seen as a way of Russia. Anita Green and David Holloway bring bringing in new GPs and enticing them to take you an exclusive story of British professionals advantage of the training and joined-up services making a difference in St Petersburg with their that are increasingly in place to support them and unique staff and idea exchange. improve the level of care and health for their We also cross the channel for a look at Dutch patients. Now that we have the plan, what about outreach teams that are taking a more than the action? Typically there are critics. proactive approach to drug and alcohol users in Some believe that treating people with opiate Amsterdam. Who says the Dutch are softies? or any other substance problems is a general Rosemary Kent tells us why there is no stopping health issue and should be treated as such. They motivational interviewing in our ‘Approaches to believe GPs should not be encouraged to treat addictions series’ and we get the low-down on addiction as a speciality, requiring that all GPs be slowing down methadone maintenance from Jez properly trained and prepared to prescribe Thompson and Louise Tiffen. methadone, or any other drug, to help addicts. Finally, as if drug users don’t have it hard They also point out that the GP contract may enough, we find out just what international perversely give GPs the option to drop out of terrorists and drug users in Swansea have in methadone schemes altogether by making it a common in ‘Prejudice against drug users’. ‘no cash, no prescribing’ kind of deal. Our special Contact: gary@drugsandalcoholtoday.com Drugs and Alcohol Today • Volume 4 Issue 2 • July 2004 © Pavilion http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Drugs and Alcohol Today Emerald Publishing

Editorial

Drugs and Alcohol Today , Volume 4 (2): 1 – Jul 1, 2004

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Gary Hayes, Editor The Government wants report uncovers this very problem. We GPs to be paid an extra investigate the row over contract payments that £350 for every person is threatening not only one of the world’s most they prescribe renowned GP methadone programmes, but is methadone to. The GP putting people’s health and lives at risks. contract is hailed by the Happily there is a bright side. We offer ailing Government as the GPs a tonic in the shape of specialist nurses solution, while GPs see it who, Hannah Jacksley and colleagues argue, as recognition for the hard offer an effective solution to addiction treatment work they have been nerves. We also offer a rare glimpse into the little doing for years – without recognition or proper known world of substance misuse services in payment. The new contract is seen as a way of Russia. Anita Green and David Holloway bring bringing in new GPs and enticing them to take you an exclusive story of British professionals advantage of the training and joined-up services making a difference in St Petersburg with their that are increasingly in place to support them and unique staff and idea exchange. improve the level of care and health for their We also cross the channel for a look at Dutch patients. Now that we have the plan, what about outreach teams that are taking a more than the action? Typically there are critics. proactive approach to drug and alcohol users in Some believe that treating people with opiate Amsterdam. Who says the Dutch are softies? or any other substance problems is a general Rosemary Kent tells us why there is no stopping health issue and should be treated as such. They motivational interviewing in our ‘Approaches to believe GPs should not be encouraged to treat addictions series’ and we get the low-down on addiction as a speciality, requiring that all GPs be slowing down methadone maintenance from Jez properly trained and prepared to prescribe Thompson and Louise Tiffen. methadone, or any other drug, to help addicts. Finally, as if drug users don’t have it hard They also point out that the GP contract may enough, we find out just what international perversely give GPs the option to drop out of terrorists and drug users in Swansea have in methadone schemes altogether by making it a common in ‘Prejudice against drug users’. ‘no cash, no prescribing’ kind of deal. Our special Contact: gary@drugsandalcoholtoday.com Drugs and Alcohol Today • Volume 4 Issue 2 • July 2004 © Pavilion

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Drugs and Alcohol TodayEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 1, 2004

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