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6. Methadone and other opioid substitutes

This training offers straight- forward explanations and a realistic perspective on methadone usage. Especially useful when OST is newly introduced in a country.

In many countries, access to opioid substitutes such as methadone and buprenorphine is difficult to impossible.

But opioid substitution therapy (OST) is a proven effective element of the harm reduction package. It greatly reduces or eliminates the need to inject, bringing down the risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis.

Besides, for many it brings stability and enhances their quality of life. On the other hand, the expectations of methadone are often high.

Are these expectations always justified? Will it help build up a new life or will it lead to a lifelong dependence that’s worse than heroin? What else does one need to create stability in life? And how is methadone different from other opioid-substitutes such as buprenorphine?


“The feedback from the staff who participated in the training was very encouraging and instrumental for our work”

Taib, Kenya.

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