Long term substance misuse can lead to many serious health problems.
If you have been using opiates and are trying to become drug free with the help of your GP or healthcare professional you may be prescribed methadone or buprenorphine. These are prescribed to help you reduce your dependency on opiates and eventually go drug free. Prescribed doses may be supervised by a pharmacist, treatment is usually for a minimum of 12 weeks in a community setting and may be longer depending on individual circumstances. The pharmacist will support you at each visit and let your prescriber know if you are having difficulties taking the dose as instructed. The long term goal is to gradually reduce the dose to help you become drug free.
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How it works:
- Take your prescription to your local participating Boots store (link back to DDN Services Locator).
- Present your prescription to the pharmacist along with some ID.
- The pharmacist will have an initial conversation outlining the process and answer any questions you have.
- During follow up visits your pharmacist will discuss how you are feeling and provide feedback to the prescriber when necessary.
Becoming drug free can lead to many health benefits, including reducing the chances of health complications from long term drug abuse and improving the quality of life for you and your family. If you are looking to become drug free, speak to your GP who will be able to discuss the options available.