4.10 Drugs used in substance dependence

Substitute Prescribing is a highly specialised service and treatment should only be initiated by those who have the appropriate training and expertise. National and local protocols/ guidelines should be used when providing this service. It is good practice to involve Substance Misuse Liaison Service and the Prescribing Drug Service.

Refer to “Drug Misuse and Dependence – Guidelines on Clinical Management” (Department of Health, 2017).

Notes on the most commonly used drugs for ongoing substitute prescribing treatment are included for information purposes only. Detailed prescribing guidance is outside the scope of the NI Formulary.