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Access to supervised doses of opioid substitution for people in police custody

08 Oct 2015

Public Health England: Access to supervised doses of opioid substitution for people in police custody

Recent reports have revealed inconsistencies in how people in police custody access their doses of methadone and buprenorphine. These doses are usually administered under supervision by the community pharmacist or community substance misuse team.

Public Health England have issued a briefing that aims to help healthcare professionals in England, including community pharmacists and police custody teams, give people safe access to these medicines. This explains what the community pharmacist should do when he or she is asked by a police officer or custody healthcare professional to supply a dose of methadone or buprenorphine for a person whose dose the pharmacist would normally supervise.

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