Expert webinar

Long-acting buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid dependence: striking the balance between greater freedom and strong engagement

This summer educational session led by Dr Julia Lewis, and joined by Dr Steve Brinksman discussed the significance of taking a holistic approach when providing treatment for opioid dependence involving OST – particularly when using long-acting buprenorphine (LAB) formulations – to support adherence, good quality of life and mental health, and overall treatment success.

The agenda covered:

  • The need for holistic treatment approaches for the treatment of opioid dependence
  • Improved quality of life outcomes with LAB treatment
  • Effective strategies for ensuring regular mental health screening and provision of psychological care / psychosocial interventions during treatment with LAB to optimise outcomes

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Expert Faculty

Chair – Dr Julia Lewis

Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist

Visiting Professor at the University of South Wales, Clinical Lead, Gwent Specialist Substance Misuse Service, Newport, Wales, UK

Speaker – Dr Steve Brinksman

GP

Clinical Director of Addiction Professionals and the Medical Director for Cranstoun, Ridgacare House Surgery, Birmingham, England, UK

Funding Statement

The IOTOD webinar ‘Long-acting buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid dependence: striking the balance between greater freedom and strong engagement’ is supported by grant funding from Camurus. The educational programme is run at arm’s length from the financial supporters and all content is created by the faculty. No funder has had input into the content of the materials or presentations used in the educational programme. PCM Scientific is the medical education company acting as scientific secretariat and webinar organiser.