Queensland Government
Queensland Health
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs

Drugs of Dependence Unit

The mission of the Drugs of Dependence Unit (DDU) is to minimise the harms to the public from inappropriate use of controlled drugs by providing a monitoring, investigative, enquiry and research service.

This primarily includes controlled drugs (Schedule 8) and to a lesser extent restricted drugs of dependency (Schedule 4).

DDU also monitors the prescription of methadone and buprenorphine within the Queensland Opioid Treatment Program.


The roles and responsibilities of the DDU are derived from the legislative functions of the Chief Executive pursuant to the Health Act 1937 and Health (Drugs & Poisons) Regulation 1996.

Confidential Telephone Enquiry Service for Doctors

Drugs of Dependence Unit operates a confidential telephone enquiry service for medical practitioners which is currently available a 24 hours 7 days a week, to assist you in ascertaining the drug dependence status of a patient and obtain information about the controlled drug prescriptions that might have been received by a patient.

Please contact the Drugs of Dependence Unit or a local environmental health service for further information.

DDU Enquiry Service

Telephone: +61 7 3328 9890
Facsimile: +61 7 3328 9821


Please see the links below for information about the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation, 1996 as it applies to various health care professionals.

DDU Drug Trends publication
Information for health professionals

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Last Updated: 25 June 2013
Last Reviewed: 06 May 2009