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Drug Misuse: Opioid Detoxification

Drug Misuse: Opioid Detoxification

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

Version: 2008

PHARMACOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL INTERVENTIONS IN OPIOID DETOXIFICATION

The aim of detoxification for a dependent opioid user is to eliminate the effects of opioid drugs in a safe and effective manner (WHO, 2006). Appropriate administration of pharmacological agents plays a crucial role in increasing the likelihood of a successful detoxification, while minimising the discomfort of withdrawal experienced by the service user.

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