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Treatment practices and perceived challenges for European physicians treating opioid dependence

Treatment practices and perceived challenges for European physicians treating opioid dependence

  1. Spucky
    This survey investigated the current practices and challenges of physicians treating opioid dependence in Germany, France, Italy and
    the UK. Doses favoured in Europe appeared to conflict with recommended best practice, with low mean methadone and buprenorphine
    maintenance doses reported (44.3 and 9.5 mg, respectively).

    Mean time to buprenorphine maintenance doses was longer than recommended
    at 14.4 days. Respondents also rated diversion and misuse management as their most difficult challenge in treating opioid
    dependence. These data suggest that prescribing practices are likely to increase this problem, as well as impeding treatment success
    by decreasing compliance and retention