Services Database Supervised consumption of methadone and subutex (Halton Area)

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The aim of this scheme is to minimise the possible harmful effects of supply of substances liable to misuse by both increasing compliance and reducing supplies leaking into the illicit market.  This aim is congruent with the Government’s White Paper Tackling Drugs to Building a Better Britain (April 1998) and the Health Service Guidelines HSG(97)14 “Purchasing effective treatment and care for drug users”.

The objectives of the service are:

  • To provide well managed models of pharmacy based care with associated counselling and care programmes for substance misusers, aimed at immediate harm minimisation, with the ultimate goal of abstinence wherever possible.
  • To increase involvement of Community Pharmacists in the care of more stable drug misusers.
  • To ensure that the client takes the correct dose of medication prescribed by the Clinician.
  • To ensure that medication prescribed is not inappropriately directed onto the illegal market.

Location of service

Halton, St Helens & Knowsley LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

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Service type

Supervised administration

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