Substance Misuse Service

Available at murrays

Patients undertaking this programme visit the shop on a regular basis and are supervised by the pharmacist who ensures that they take their medication to control substance misuse, on the premises. Access to this service is strictly via the Substance Misuse Service, who will provide you with prescriptions to be dispensed at the participating pharmacy.

All of our pharmacies offer Supervised Methadone Subtex Services. Patients undertaking this programme visit the shop on a regular basis and are supervised by the pharmacist who ensures that they take medication to control substance misuse, on the premises.

What is methadone?

Methadone is also a drug that can be used to help opioid-dependent people as they try to stop using drugs. Methadone is an opioid medication that has a similar chemical structure to morphine. Methadone can make someone feel high, although at lower levels usually. It also takes longer for that effect to occur than with other opioids, and drugs with longer durations of onset are less likely to be abused.

What is subutex?

Subutex is available by prescription from doctors certified in its use. It’s a brand name drug with the active ingredient buprenorphine, and when people use it, it helps fend off withdrawal symptoms that occur when you stop using opioids. Buprenorphine may create some feelings of well-being when a person takes it, but not a euphoric high. Subutex also has a ceiling effect, so if you take more than around 30 mg or so, the effects aren’t going to change.

Walk-in service

You can walk-in to your nearest Murrays Pharmacy and speak to a pharmacist for support.

How does this service work?

1.

Referral from Substance Misuse Service to the Pharmacy.*

2.

Pharmacy agrees to taking on the patient.

3.

Patient attends the pharmacy for prescription dispensing and supervision.

*This is available in selected Murrays pharmacies only.

How long does the consultation take?

Consultation with your murrays pharmacist/advisor can vary depending on your circumstances and suitability for your preferred treatment. Click below to find your nearest pharmacy.