Provision of opioid substitution therapy services in Australian pharmacies.

  title={Provision of opioid substitution therapy services in Australian pharmacies.},
  author={Betty Bouad Chaar and Jane R. Hanrahan and Chairpersons Day},
  journal={The Australasian medical journal},
  volume={4 4},
Opioid dependence, despite being the subject of significant public funding, remains a costly burden to Australian society in human and economic terms. The most cost-effective public health strategy for managing opioid dependence is opioid substitution therapy (OST), primarily through the use of methadone or buprenorphine. Supervised dispensing of OST from specialist clinics and community pharmacies plays a crucial role in enhancing compliance, monitoring treatment and reducing diversion… CONTINUE READING


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