A NOTE TO THE READER
While every care has been taken to ensure that the content of this book is accurate, the author and publisher do not accept legal liability for any problems arising from the implementation of the various treatment strategies outlined therein. The high mortality amongst street heroin users means that deaths are occasionally encountered in this field. The aim of this work is to assist family members and others to ease the suffering of those affected by heroin addiction.
This work is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under copyright law, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the publisher.
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Introduction: DRUGS ARE ALL AROUND US
2007 Update to Introduction
APPENDIX -- OTHER DRUGS:
OTHER DRUGS: BENZODIAZEPINE TRANQUILLIZERS
AMPHETAMINE AND ECSTASY
LSD, MAGIC MUSHROOMS, PEYOTE
Chronology: Some facts and figures
Glossary: Street Language and Medical Terms
About the Author
This book is dedicated to the many Australian heroin addicts who continue to suffer. We should endeavour to minimise the harm resulting from drug and alcohol use, especially in the young. Prohibition of drugs has failed to achieve this goal and policy changes are needed to prevent the continuing tragedy. Many authorities have adopted the 'harm minimisation' philosophy including the limited availability of certain drugs such as cannabis, methadone and even heroin. As politicians enact more enlightened legislation, there will be fewer overdoses, less viral disease transmission, crime and other untoward consequences of illicit drug use.
Thanks are due to Rosemary Blayney, Bill Brooks, Allan Gill and Anne Love who all assisted in the preparation of this work. My father, John Justinian Byrne, has been the guiding light for most of the medical principles espoused in this small book. He still runs the 'family practice' started by his father, James Michael Byrne, at Ramsgate on Sydney's Botany Bay.
Other works by Dr. Byrne:
"Methadone in the Treatment of Narcotic Addiction"
A guide for those involved in prescribing methadone.
Available from Tosca Press
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© Andrew James Byrne 1996
|Dr. Andrew J. Byrne received the prestigious Marie Award at the 2006 national conference of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence.|
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