Publication Date
Published by / Citation
Global and Public Health/Population Health/Healthy Behaviours/25460
Original Language


United Kingdom
drug dependence
drug treatment
Clinical Guidelines
UK Department of Health

Drug Misuse and Dependence: UK Guidelines on Clinical Management

Often called the Orange Book, this is guidance for clinicians treating people with drug problems.

This 2017 version offers new guidelines on:

  • prison-based treatment
  • new psychoactive substances and club drugs
  • mental health co-morbidity
  • misuse of prescribed and over-the-counter medicines
  • stopping smoking
  • preventing drug-related deaths, including naloxone provision

The new guidelines also have a stronger emphasis on recovery and a holistic approach to the interventions that can support recovery.

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