Expert webinar


Watch the Spring/Summer 2024 educational webinar led by Professor Catriona Matheson and Dr Lorenzo Somaini. Our experts discuss the basics of commonly used opioid dependence treatments (ODTs) while outlining the advantages and disadvantages of each. The faculty’s evaluation of ODTs will help to build a profile of the ideal patient for each therapy. This webinar also describes less commonly utilised therapies for opioid addiction and the importance of psychosocial support for recovery.

This expert webinar is suitable for both primary and secondary care clinicians looking to improve their care and management of patients with opioid dependency.

Watch now to explore first-line treatment options for opioid dependency, specifically methadone and buprenorphine, and explain why an individualised approach may be more appropriate for your patient.

The agenda covers the following learning objectives:

  • Explain the different mechanisms of action behind the two most commonly used ODTs
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of methadone and buprenorphine and why certain individuals may be more suited to one therapy over another
  • Assess less commonly used ODTs and non-opioid treatment options, which could be used alone or in conjunction with traditional ODTs
  • Outline the importance of psychosocial support for patients with opioid dependence regardless of the pharmacological agent used

Who is the webinar for?

This 60-minute educational session is ideal for primary care healthcare professionals (HCPs) who want to gain confidence in managing patients with opioid dependency, secondary care HCPs who treat patients with opioid dependency, and any other HCPs with an interest in the field.

Expert Faculty

Catriona Matheson

Professor in Substance Use, Stirling University


Lorenzo Somaini

Director Addiction Treatment Center

Biella, Italy

Funding Statement

The IOTOD webinar ‘An individualised approach to treatment: comparing opioid dependence therapies’ 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.