Substance use disorder (SUD)

Date Published: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dr Sam McBride talks about the safe prescribing of medicines that have the potential to cause substance use disorder (SUD). Sam is a consultant psychiatrist and addiction specialist at Capital Coast Health Addiction Services. He is the Director of Advanced Training for Addiction Psychiatry and a faculty representative in Addiction Psychiatry at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.




  • The substances that have the potential for addiction.
  • What is it about these drugs that make them have an addictive potential?
  • When is it appropriate to prescribe these medications?
  • How do we prescribe these drugs safely?
  • When does use become misuse?
  • Red flags


Take home messages

  • Think before prescribing these medicines.
  • Are there safer alternatives?
  • Shortest duration at the lowest dose.
  • Regular review.
  • Consider getting pain team or addiction services involved early for advice.




Sam McBride
Consultant psychiatrist and addiction specialist

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