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Drugs of dependence

Enquiry service for clinicians

Confidential telephone service for clinicians and medical practitioners about regulatory requirements and treatment involving drugs of dependence.

Queensland Opioid Treatment Program

The Department of Health has administrative oversight of the Queensland Opioid Treatment Program and publishes clinical guidelines and provides regulatory advice.

Regulatory requirements and resources

There are various regulatory requirements regarding the prescribing of drugs of dependence, including script requirements, and approvals/reports for the treatment involving drugs of dependency.

Last updated: 26 July 2019

Schedule 8 medicines

Drugs of dependence are prescription medicines that have a recognised therapeutic need but also a higher potential for misuse, abuse and dependence. The Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) classifies medicines into different schedules.

Queensland regulation requires certain persons to obtain an approval or licence to perform certain regulated activities with Schedule 8 medicines (drugs of dependence) in Queensland.