Safe and effective opioid replacement therapy

by Dr Brian Kidd, Dr Manjunatha Anantharamu and Dr Venkata S K Arvapalli

Safe and effective opioid replacement therapyAll 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 opioid dependence, opioid replacement therapy (ORT) is highly effective at reducing harm, improving treatment retention and reducing likelihood of premature death.

 

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 practice required.

 

Start the module

 

If you like this module, you may also be interested in:

 

Stimulants: epidemiology and impact on mental health by Professor Fabrizio Schifano and Dr Antonio Albanese

 

Substance misuse in older people by Dr Rahul Rao and Professor Ilana Crome

 

Advances in Psychiatric Treatment: related articles for CPD Online

 

 

Related Advances articles

 

Download take-home notes to print and annotateDownload take-home notes to print and annotate

 

Module information | Module contents | About the authors | Take-home notes | Feedback 
© 2014 Royal College of Psychiatrists