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7 Jul. 2023

What’s the evidence supporting interventions for substance use disorders?

Understanding what interventions work is critical to provide treatment and other services to people who use drugs. But it is often hard to find the time to read all the research and understand what it means. To help, we’ve put together the latest evidence available to support different interventions for substance use disorders.

Focussing on interventions for cannabis, stimulant and opioid use disorders, we have extracted “evidence statements” from the latest systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials. The quality of each is rated using the key below. The number of stars indicates the quality of the available evidence (based on Cochrane GRADE criteria). The colour of the stars indicates whether the intervention is beneficial (green), neutral (orange) or potentially harmful (red). 

Read more from NDARC here.