This quality standard covers assessment and treatment of drug use disorders in adults (aged 18 and over). It includes treating the misuse of opioids, cannabis, stimulants and other drugs in all settings, including inpatient and specialist residential and community-based treatment settings, and prison services. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We checked this quality standard in 2017. The source guidance on the recognition and management of depression in adults is currently being updated and we are assessing what changes will need to be made to the quality standard.

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards