Drug Misuse and Dependence: UK Guidelines on Clinical Management

The update to "Drug Misuse and Dependence: UK Guidelines on Clinical Management" has been published.

Last updated in 2007, the newly updated guidelines - often called the Orange Book - endorse much of the previous guidelines, but there is a stronger emphasis on recovery and on a holistic approach to the issues and interventions that can support recovery. Key additions and reinforced messages for 2017 include incorporation of clinical guidance on: prison-based treatment, new psychoactive substances and club drugs, mental health co-morbidity, misuse of prescribed and over-the-counter medicines, smoking cessation, and preventing drug-related deaths, including naloxone provision.

SMMGP is currently finalising work on a "Pocket Guide" which will summarise key messages from the 317-page full document. Watch this space.