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by Dr Brian Kidd,
Dr Manjunatha Anantharamu and
Dr Venkata S. K.
Last updated: December 2017 by Dr Sumaira Randhawa
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 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. The module has been updated to reflect the 2017
UK national treatment guidelines.
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