Knowledge and attitudes of final year pharmacy students toward opioid substitution therapy

  title={Knowledge and attitudes of final year pharmacy students toward opioid substitution therapy},
  author={C. Snoswell and S. Hollingworth},
  journal={Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research},
Opioid substitution therapy (OST) prevents opioid withdrawal and positively affects clients and the community. In 2013 there were 47 442 Australian OST clients, and 88% of these received their services in pharmacies. Provision of OST is currently offered in only two out of every five community pharmacies, and therefore it is crucial that competent registered Australian pharmacists be comfortable in its execution. 
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