Services Database Supervised Consumption

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Supervised consumption ensures the dose of a drug prescribed has been administered to the patient at the point of dispensing.

For methadone it is expected that the patient should be asked to drink some water and speak after the dose to demonstrate the dose has been swallowed.

For buprenorphine 3 minutes should be spent supervising the patient as dissolution of the sublingual tablets may take several minutes, alternatively the tablets may be crushed in accordance with local protocols.

Patients are prepared for the provision of substitute medicine(s) by the specialist drug services and this should be reinforced by pharmacists, this includes advice and written information about methadone, buprenorphine or other pharmacotherapy, alcohol use, risk of overdose, loss of tolerance following missed or uncollected doses, drug interactions, an explanation of supervised consumption and where and how this will occur, and opening and closing times.

Location of service

Suffolk LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Local Authority contract

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Supervised administration

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All healthcare professions delivering the service will be required to demonstrate their professional eligibility, competence, and continuing professional development in order to remain up-to-date and deliver an effective service. Local courses will be provided by CRI. Staff should be able to demonstrate that they have participated in organisational mandatory and update training, for example infection control, manual handling, risk assessment as required.