Revised Clinical Guidelines for Drug Misuse and Dependence

Revised Clinical Guidelines for Drug Misuse and Dependence (also known as the Orange Guidelines) have now been published by the UK Government’s Department of Health. The newly updated guidelines endorse much of the previous guidelines (from 2007), but there is a stronger emphasis on recovery and on a holistic approach to the issues and interventions that can support recovery. Key additions and reinforced messages for 2017 include: incorporation of clinical guidance on prison-based treatment, new psychoactive substances and club drugs, mental health co-morbidity, misuse of prescribed and over-the-counter medicines, smoking cessation, and preventing drug-related deaths, including naloxone provision.

The revised Guidelines can be found at the following web address:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/drug-misuse-and-dependence-uk-guidelines-on-clinical-management