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Drug Misuse: Opioid Detoxification.


National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (UK).


Leicester (UK): British Psychological Society; 2008.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: Guidance .


The guideline on Drug misuse: opioid detoxification, commissioned by NICE and developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, sets out clear, evidence-based recommendations for healthcare staff on how to work with people who misuse opioids to significantly improve their treatment and care, and to deliver detoxification safely and effectively. Of the estimated 4 million people in the UK who use illicit drugs each year, approximately 50,000 misuse opioids (such as heroin, opium, morphine, codeine and methadone). Opioid misuse presents a considerable health risk and can lead to significant social problems. This NICE guideline is an important tool in helping people to overcome their drug problem. This publication brings together all of the evidence that led to the recommendations in the NICE guideline. It provides an overview of drug misuse and opioid detoxification and covers assessment and testing, pharmacological and physical interventions used in detoxification, psychosocial interventions to support detoxification, and the settings in which the treatment can take place. The book is illustrated by the experiences of people who have been dependent on opioids, and there is also advice for family members and carers of people with a drug problem.

Copyright © 2008, The British Psychological Society & The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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