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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2016) Perspectives on drugs: strategies to prevent diversion of opioid substitution treatment medications. Lisbon: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. 9 p.

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The use of substitution drugs for the treatment of opioid dependence represents a key evidence-based response to heroin problems in Europe. However, the diversion of these medicines from their intended use in drug treatment to non-medical use and sale on illicit drug markets is a cause for concern. The use of diverted substances has been associated with fatal and non-fatal overdose and an increased incidence of opioid dependence. This analysis summarises the context of opioid substitution treatment in Europe, what diversion is and what current measures are being implemented to reduce it, and considers the implications for the future.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Opioid
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, Crime prevention
Date:May 2016
Pages:9 p.
Publisher:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Lisbon
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
B Substances > Opioids (opiates) > Opioid product > Methadone
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Substance replacement method (substitution)
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance related offence > Drug offence > Illegal distribution of drugs (drug market / dealing)
VA Geographic area > Europe

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