Canadian guidelines urge buprenorphine-naloxone to treat opioid use disorders – 2018-03

Canadian clinical practice guidelines published in CMAJ for the management of opioid use disorders recommend clinicians use buprenorphine–naloxone as first-line opioid agonist treatment when possible, utilize a stepped and integrated care approach and reject withdrawal management alone.

“Opioid use disorder is a public health emergency nationwide, and this guideline provides a blueprint for health practitioners to step up and provide evidence-based care,” Julie Bruneau, MD, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, said in a press release.

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Healio Psychiatry
March 5, 2018