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Drug Misuse: Opioid Detoxification

Drug Misuse: Opioid Detoxification

NICE Clinical Guidelines - National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (UK)

Version: 2008

INTRODUCTION TO DRUG MISUSE

This guideline is concerned with detoxification from opioid dependence. Of the estimated 4 million people in the UK who use illicit drugs each year (cannabis being by far the most commonly used), approximately 50,000 people misuse opioids, although this may be an underestimate (Roe & Man, 2006). Opioid misuse is also associated with much greater rates of harm than misuse of either cannabis or cocaine. Over 150,000 people are in treatment for opioid misuse and are prescribed opioids such as methadone and buprenorphine (NTA, 2005a; Hay et al., 2006).

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