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Treatment Options for Heroin and Other Opioid Dependence Guidelines - A Guide for Families and Carers

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The treatments in this booklet are for people who are dependent on 'opioids' - usually this will be heroin, but also includes drugs like morphine, pethidine, codeine, and non-prescribed methadone.

Published by Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing for National Drug Strategy
October2004

The treatments in this booklet are for people who are dependent on 'opioids' - usually this will be heroin, but also includes drugs like morphine, pethidine, codeine, and non-prescribed methadone. Often, people will be experiencing problems with other drugs as well, such as alcohol, cannabis, tranquillisers, amphetamines or cocaine. It is important that other drug use is discussed with a medical practitioner or other health worker at the start of any treatment program.

Over the past few years, some new ways to treat opioid dependence have been studied. A project known as 'NEPOD' or the National Evaluation of Pharmacotherapies for Opioid Dependence brought together the results of many of these studies, and some of the findings have been included in this booklet.

The aim of this booklet is:


This publication is available on the National Library's Australian Government Web Archive.

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