Providing confidential support and supervised consumption to help you on your recovery plan.
If you need treatment for drug addiction, you're entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem.
With the right help and support, it's possible for you to get drug free and stay that way. You may also be prescribed medicines such as methadone to aid your recovery.
You will usually receive your medicine through the local Supervised Consumption of Medicines service of your choice, such as the one offered by Whitworth Pharmacy.
We provide a confidential, supportive service that can help you get your life back on track.
Visit your local Whitworth Pharmacy to find out more.
The Supervised Consumption of Medicines service provides a clean space for you to take the medicine you need under the close supervision of medical professionals.
This may include medicines such as methadone, buprenorphine, Suboxone and other similar medicines used for the management of opiate dependence.
The service helps prevent accidental overdoses and ensures you are taking your medicine as it was prescribed. It is usually part of an individualised recovery plan designed to help you access the help and support you need to get clean and stay clean.
Step one: Referral
First your specialist will provide you with a list of the pharmacies that provide the service you require. You can choose whichever of our pharmacies is the most convenient for you. Your specialist will also provide the prescriptions you require and provide ongoing support throughout the process.
Step 2: Your agreement
Once you have selected your pharmacy, we will need to complete an agreement that clearly outlines the service we will provide and what is expected of you. It’s very important that you read and understand this document carefully as it could have an impact on your treatment and recovery.
Step 3: Come to your local pharmacy for your medicine
Once the paperwork is completed, you simply need to pop into your selected pharmacy on the days detailed in the agreement. Simply let one of our pharmacists know that you have arrived, and you'll be taken to a private consulting room.
Your pharmacist may ask you a few questions to see how you are getting on with your medicine and may conduct assessments required by your specialist. Then you will receive your medicine as prescribed.
1. I am currently using heroin and I want to stop. What can I do? It is important that you get help as soon as you can if you’re using heroin or any other opioids. Contact your GP or local drug treatment service for help.
2. How long will I have to come in to get my medicine? Recovering from an opioid disorder can take time, which is why treatment often lasts for years. Seek advice from your local drug treatment service if you need extra support.