- Welcome to course "Opioid substitution Treatment in Prison"!
This course is designed as a self-study online. To begin we recommend taking a few minutes to read the short manual at this page: https://harmreduction.eu/toolbox/available-courses/manual and included below in .PDF format.
Since there are variations in policy and guidelines by country, the course cannot reflect country- specific regulations. This course presents general principles, to complement, not replace, national and international guidelines.
If you have questions about course content, please send email to address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck as you get started, and I hope you enjoy the course!
In the first part, we present a summary of the basic issues discussed during the course.
- Chapter 1: What is substitution treatment? Part I
In this module, we present the main goals of substitution treatment and the benefits of substitution treatment. We also show differences between agonists and antagonists.
- Chapter 2: What is substitution treatment? Part IIIn this part we will take a closer look at substitution treatment. Participants will learn about substitution treatment regimens and read about the risks and limitations of this therapy. In this module, we will also discuss the most important drugs used in substitution: methadone, levoalpha-acetylmethadol, sustained-release morphine, codeine, buprenorphine and diamorphine.
- Chapter 3: Substitution treatment in prisons
This part of the course deals with substitution in prisons. We present examples of how to implement substitution treatment in isolation, we show how important is the role of psychological care in society in such conditions. Finally, we provide brief information on the ethical basis of substitution.
- Chapter 4: Some basic information about treatment
This part applies to patients undergoing substitution treatment. We provide examples of basic information, we describe the links between this treatment and the treatment of blood-borne infections (eg HIV / AIDS, HBV, HCV) and others (eg tuberculosis or sexually transmitted diseases). Finally, information on how the patient can continue treatment after the commencement or termination of the prison sentence.
- Chapter 5: Medical ethics aspects of opiate substitution treatment programmes in prisons
The aim of this topic is to provide guidelines for substitution treatment in prison.