Refresh of ‘Orange Guidelines’ clinical guidance on drug use

A refresh of the UK guidelines on clinical management of drug use and dependence have been published.

The guidelines – often referred to as the ‘Orange Guidelines’ or ‘Orange Book’ – are intended primarily for clinicians providing drug treatment for people who use or are dependent on drugs. Clinicians in this context are psychiatrists and other doctors, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, keyworkers and other workers providing drug treatment, as well as health and social care professionals who provide limited periods of support for the treatment of drug misuse and dependence (such as during hospitalisations).

The guidelines will also be useful to those commissioning drug treatment and to those considering or undergoing drug treatment, their family, friends and carers.

Professor Sir John Strang of the National Addiction Centre stated:

“I am satisfied that this 2017 edition of the ‘Orange Book’ will help providers and commissioners to optimise the reach and effectiveness of the interventions they have the responsibility to deliver.

“The right treatment at the right time can be life-saving. It can also make a huge difference to the wellbeing and recovery of people with problems related to their drug use. Well-delivered treatment is greatly more effective than less competently delivered treatment. The Clinical Guidelines are designed to support [clinicians] in meeting [their] responsibility to ensure evidence-based treatments are available and competently delivered.

Click here to view the updated clinical guidelines