Many Victorians are dying each year due to misue of opioids. The majority of these deaths are attributable to pharmaceutical opioids. Orticare's goal is to change this pattern by improving accesss to treatment for people with opioid dependency.
Consumers of opioid replacement therapy: research into lived experiences
Orticare Pharmacotherapy Network in partnership with Federation University Australia have produced the attached qualitative research report.
This qualitative study took place over 2017 and seeks to capture the voices of consumers from a rural and regional perspective – a perspective that is an important addition to the existing research literature. The research participants’ feedback about their lived experiences of opioid replacement therapy was rich and informative, as evidenced in the report.
Federation University and Orticare are intending to take a number of further actions based on the recommendations in the report, including ways we can assist to address community stigma, improvements to local service systems and advocacy on broader systemic and policy matters.