Module introduction

By the end of this module, we hope you will be able to:


  • understand the size of the problem of opioid dependence and the role of prescribing


  • have confidence in knowing how buprenorphine works and the preparations available


  • assess the appropriateness of buprenorphine prescribing in both maintenance and detoxification


  • safely induct someone onto buprenorphine and titrate the dose to an effective level in maintenance treatment


  • detoxify someone who is opioid dependent using buprenorphine.



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