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National clinical guidelines and procedures for the use of buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid dependence

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These guidelines have been developed to assist in the safe and effective provision of buprenorphine treatment in Australia.

The "National clinical guidelines and procedures for the use of buprenorphine in the treatment of heroin dependence" were first published in 2001.

In 2006, the guidelines were updated due to the introduction of a new opioid pharmacotherapy, SuboxoneŽ, as well as changes in research and clinical knowledge of pharmacotherapies used in the treatment of heroin dependence. The revised guidelines have been endorsed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, The Royal Australian College of Physicians, the Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs, the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy.

PDF printable version of National clinical guidelines and procedures for the use of buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid dependence (PDF 2538 KB large file)

The same publication in smaller sections:

Cover page (PDF 309 KB)
Title page and copyright (PDF 172 KB)
Table of contents (PDF 188 KB)
Acknowledgements (PDF 155 KB)
Introduction (PDF 122 KB)
1. Clinical Pharmacology (PDF 201 KB)
2. Entry into buprenorphine treatment (PDF 225 KB)
3. Guidelines for maintenance treatment (PDF 400 KB)
4. Guidelines for the management of heroin withdrawal (PDF 327 KB)
5. Complications or adverse events with buprenorphine treatment (PDF 281 KB)
6. Prescribing and dispensing buprenorphine (PDF 135 KB)
Appendices (PDF 397 KB)

An abbreviated version of these guidelines is also available:
National clinical guidelines and procedures for the use of buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid dependence: abbreviated version

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