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Treating opioid dependence

Maintenance, either with methadone mixture (1 mg/mL) or buprenorphine should be the mainstay of management for opioid dependence, certainly until the patient is able and willing to withdraw (‘detoxify’) and achieve abstinence. Methadone maintenance treatment has been shown to be effective in reducing health, criminal and social harms in trials, including many randomised, doubleblind studies.

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