Substance use, health and social problems of service users at 54 drug treatment agencies. Intake data from the National Treatment Outcome Research Study

M. Gossop, J. Marsden, D. Stewart, P. Lehmann, C. Edwards, A. Wilson, G. Segar

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Background: The National Treatment Outcome Research Study (NTORS) is the first large-scale, prospective, multi-site treatment outcome study of drug users in the UK. Method: Substance use, health and social problems of 1075 service users were assessed at intake to 54 agencies chosen to be representative of the main national drug treatment modalities. Results: Heroin dependence was the most frequently reported problem often with poly- drug and alcohol problems. Most service users injected drugs and a quarter of the injectors shared injecting equipment. Poly-drug use and heavy drinking were more common among service users admitted to residential treatments. High criminality rates were reported. Psychological and physical health problems were common and many service users had prior contact with psychiatric and medical services. Conclusions: The range and severity of problems adversely affect individual users, their families, and present a challenge to addiction treatment services. These problems create costs for the health care, social service and criminal justice system responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-171
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume173
Issue numberAUG.
StatePublished - Aug 1 1998

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Social Problems
Social Work
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Drug Users
Health
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Residential Treatment
Heroin Dependence
Criminal Law
Health Care Costs
Drinking
Psychiatry
Therapeutics
Alcohols
Psychology
Equipment and Supplies

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Substance use, health and social problems of service users at 54 drug treatment agencies. Intake data from the National Treatment Outcome Research Study. / Gossop, M.; Marsden, J.; Stewart, D.; Lehmann, P.; Edwards, C.; Wilson, A.; Segar, G.

In: British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 173, No. AUG., 01.08.1998, p. 166-171.

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Gossop, M, Marsden, J, Stewart, D, Lehmann, P, Edwards, C, Wilson, A & Segar, G 1998, 'Substance use, health and social problems of service users at 54 drug treatment agencies. Intake data from the National Treatment Outcome Research Study', British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 173, no. AUG., pp. 166-171.
Gossop, M. ; Marsden, J. ; Stewart, D. ; Lehmann, P. ; Edwards, C. ; Wilson, A. ; Segar, G. / Substance use, health and social problems of service users at 54 drug treatment agencies. Intake data from the National Treatment Outcome Research Study. In: British Journal of Psychiatry. 1998 ; Vol. 173, No. AUG. pp. 166-171.
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