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Queensland Opioid Treatment Program

The Queensland Opioid Treatment Program (QOTP) began in 1977 and provides treatment for opioid dependence, including prescription opioids. The aim of treatment is to reduce the health, social and economic harms to individuals and the community.

The Department of Health has clinical and regulatory oversight of the program. Opioid treatment is available from public clinics and private prescribers in Queensland.

Prescribers and pharmacies

Medical practitioners or nurse practitioners can be prescribers. Prescribers are required to complete training and obtain approval from Queensland Health before being able to prescribe approved opioids under the QOTP to persons with opioid use disorder.

Community pharmacies are another key partner in the delivery of opioid treatment. More than one third of Queensland pharmacies now participate in the Queensland Opioid Treatment Program.

If you would like to become a treatment provider or would like your pharmacy to become involved in delivering this important public health program, please contact us at

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Queensland Opioid Treatment Program

Last updated: 13 September 2022