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Letters Hospital policies and opiate withdrawal

A competent and compassionate approach to opioid withdrawal in hospital

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: (Published 21 February 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p396
  1. Joss Bray, substance misuse specialist
  1. jossbray{at}

The NIHR review of hospital policies on the management of opioid withdrawal is probably overdue.1 People who need opioid substitution therapy often have a difficult time in hospitals. Addiction is a strong driver to behave in certain ways, but I have found …

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