Detoxing drinkers in a methadone prescribing service
Jeff Fernandez RGN MSc MPhil Alcohol Lead Nurse for Primary Care Islington Primary Care Trust
This article examines how patients with drug and alcohol problems can reduce their drinking, with a guide to medication in line with the author’s experiences at a treatment centre in North London
Drug treatment centres recognise alcohol as being an important risk factor in patients’ health. It is something to take into consideration when someone has hepatitis C as it can lead to hepatic cancer, particularly with opiates or methadone.