• Vol. 35 No. 7, 447–450
  • 15 July 2006

Medicalising the Treatment of Opioid Dependence

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Traditionally the treatment of opioid dependence in Singapore has not been viewed as a public health problem, but rather as a social problem that necessitated custodial and other punitive approaches. The turning point came in 1996, when, after a pilot programme in the Prisons Department, naltrexone was introduced as an option in management of heroin dependence.

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