Carina Walters is currently a PhD
candidate at the University of Auckland studying prescription and over the
counter opioid dependence, and is a member of the University of Auckland Centre
for Addiction Research.
Her previous role was as senior
addictions pharmacist at Community Alcohol and Drug Services in Auckland, and
she is a part time professional teaching fellow with the School of Population
Health, teaching a postgraduate addiction paper.
The Management of Pharmaceutical Opioid Dependence
Increases in rates of pharmaceutical opioid dependence have been
reported in Western countries in the wake of substantial increases in opioid
prescribing and over the counter opioid consumption. In light of this, a
growing body of literature is investigating the efficacy of the use of
established pharmacotherapies for illicit opioid dependence in the management
of pharmaceutical opioid dependence.
This presentation will review the literature to date regarding the
management of pharmaceutical opioid dependence, and discuss the
generalisability and limitations of the evidence base with respect to the New
Zealand context, and people whose pathways to dependence are through legitimate