A GP guide to treating opioid addiction

Pharmacotherapy for drug dependence doesn't have to be in the 'too-hard basket' - rather, it's a useful skill that will enable you to deliver holistic care.

Need to know:

  • About 110,000 Australians are opioid-dependent, and approximately 50,000 people receive treatment for opioid dependence each day.
  • Long-term treatment with methadone or buprenorphine improves overall mortality and reduces morbidity in patients who have opioid dependence.
  • Being able to prescribe opioid replacement therapy (ORT) is a use