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Opioid dependence - management in general practice.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Australian family physician
Publication Date
Volume
39
Issue
8
Pages
548–552
Identifiers
PMID: 20877747
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The same principles and skills general practitioners employ in chronic illness management underpin the care of patients with opioid dependence. Opioid pharmacotherapy, with the substitution medications methadone and buprenorphine, is an effective management of opioid dependence. Training and regulatory requirements for prescribing opioid pharmacotherapies vary between jurisdictions, but this treatment should be within the scope of most Australian GPs.

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