All psychiatrists will deal with substance misuse
– a frequent cause for admission to psychiatric wards
and requests for liaison advice in general hospitals.
Guidance shows that, for opiate dependence,
opiate replacement therapy (ORT) is highly effective at reducing
harm, improving treatment retention and reducing likelihood of
These treatments are not without risk and it
is important that psychiatrists can treat substance misusers
effectively and safely.
In this module we hope to assist
psychiatrists to become confident in delivering these
interventions by giving an understanding of the principles and
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