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Ford, Chris and Barnard, Jim and Bury, Judy and Carnwath, Tom and Gerada, Claire and Joyce, Alan and Keen, Jenny and Lowe, Chris and Nelles, Bill and Roberts, Kay and Sander-Hess, Carola and Schofield, Penny and Scott, Jenny and Watson, Richard and Wolff, Kim [Royal College of General Practitioners, UK] . (2005) Guidance for the use of methadone for the treatment of opioid dependence in primary care. London: Royal College of General Practioners. 32 p.

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• Methadone is an effective evidence based medication used for the treatment of opioid dependence.
• It is most effective when used as a maintenance agent at optimal dosing.
• Its primary function is to reduce (and eventually replace) illicit opioid use and in so doing, reduce harm and improve the health and psychological well-being of the patient.


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