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Opioid pharmacotherapy treatment program cluster

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term634954
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 28/04/2016
DSS type:Help on this termData Element Cluster
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The Opioid pharmacotherapy treatment (OPT) program cluster defines:

  • the number of prison dischargees who have been on, or are currently on an OPT program
  • the number of prison dischargees who intend to be on an OPT program on release from prison
  • the type of OPT program a prison dischargee has been on, or is on currently.

Collection and usage attributes

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OPT is a form of treatment for heroin or opiate dependence using prescribed opioid agonists, which have some properties similar or identical to those of heroin and morphine, including the effect on the brain, which alleviate withdrawal symptoms and block the craving for illicit opiates. The most common form of opioid pharmacotherapy treatment is methadone maintenance treatment. However, buprenorphine is also quite common in some countries (Kastelic et al. 2008).

Respondents are asked:

  • Have you ever been on a methadone program?
  • Have you ever been on any other opiate replacement program, for example, naltrexone, buprenorphine, suboxone or LAAM?

Responses may include:

  • Yes, on it now and plan to continue after release from prison
  • Yes, on it now and do not plan to continue after release from prison
  • Yes, in the past only
  • No, never
  • Unknown.
Collection methods:Help on this term

Data is collected on the National Prisoner Health Data Collection Prison Discharge form.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

Kastelic A, Pont J & Stover H 2008. Opioid substitution treatment in custodial settings: a practical guide. Oldenburg: BIS-Verlag.

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Prison dischargee NBEDS Health, Standard 28/04/2016

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1Person—previous opioid pharmacotherapy treatment program indicator, prisoner health yes/no/unknown code NMandatory2
2Person—current opioid pharmacotherapy treatment program indicator, prisoner health yes/no/unknown code NMandatory2
3Person—type of opioid pharmacotherapy treatment, code NConditional2
4Prison dischargee—opioid substitution program continuation on release indicator, prisoner health yes/no/unknown code NConditional1
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