Diversion of Methadone and Buprenorphine from Opioid Substitution Treatment: Patients who Regularly Sell or Share their Medication

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Diversion of Methadone and Buprenorphine from Opioid Substitution Treatment: Patients who Regularly Sell or Share their Medication
Author(s) Johnson, Björn ; Richert, Torkel
Date 2015
English abstract
Diversion-patients who sell or share their medication-is a much debated problem of opioid substitution treatment. We study regular diversion by patients at 11 OST programs in the South of Sweden. Using quantitative and qualitative data, we investigate whether those patients differ from other patients, their motives for and means of diversion, and who the recipients are. Regular diverters are a small, yet heterogeneous group. Continued illicit drug use, however, stand out as a common risk factor. Pecuniary need and a desire to help friends are other important motives. The client base mainly consists of people from the regular diverters' own drug milieus.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10550887.2014.975617 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue Journal of Addictive Diseases;1
Volume 34
ISSN 1055-0887
Pages 1-17
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) methadone
buprenorphine
opioid substitution treatment
diversion
illicit use
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18467 (link to this page)

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