Aim: To conduct comparative research throughout Europe which will lead to the development of pan-European standards in treatment and prevention for heroin addicts and their children.
Design: A cohort study of health and socio-economic status of heroin addicts and their children as the addicted parents enter one of the three major treatment modalities, with follow-up for three years.
Methods: the children under 5 of all heroin-addicted individuals entering the major treatment modalities in 4 European centres over a 6 month period will be followed up for 3 years and assessed annually using new European standardised outcome measures developed by the partnership. Interventions:
1. Maintenance treatments (methadone and heroin maintenance)
2. Detoxification treatments (community, residential family, residential adult)
3. Non-prescribing supportive interventions.
1. Primary (children's outcomes): Residential status, development, schooling, legal status, and health status, health and social service contacts.
2 Secondary (parents' outcomes) Successful completion or retention in treatment, addiction status, risk-taking, criminal status, social status. These outcome measures will be standardised to promote pan-European best practice.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
08930 Sant Adria De Besos