Pharmacology of Medications Used to Treat Opioid Addiction

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs

About the Course:

TIP 43 provides treatment providers, physicians, and other medical personnel with the latest information on medication-assisted treatment for people addicted to opiates, largely prescription narcotics or heroin. The TIP emphasizes the importance of supportive services such as counseling, mental health and other medical services, and vocational rehabilitation in facilitating recovery for patients receiving mediation-assisted treatment. The document outlines best practices in the use of methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone, including appropriate doses of medication, medically supervised withdrawal, medication maintenance, tapering off of treatment medications, associated medical problems, treatment for multiple substance use, and other crucial aspects of treatment for those who are addicted to opiates. This course covers Chapter 3 only.



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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about pharmacology of medications used to treat opioid addiction. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify pharmacology and pharmacotherapy.

  2. Explain the side effects of methadone, LAAM, naltrexone and buprenorphine.

  3. Acknowledge the interactions with other therapeutic medications.

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