Community Program for Opioid Pharmacotherapy (CPOP)

The Medicines and Poisons Regulation Branch administers the regulatory controls for the Community Program for Opioid Pharmacotherapy (CPOP) in Western Australia as set out in the Poisons Regulations 1965 (external site). The CPOP provides opioid replacement treatment in primary health care settings.

Current pharmacotherapies available are methadone as a syrup or solution and buprenorphine as Subutex® or with naloxone as Suboxone®. Medical practitioners and pharmacies require approval to participate in the CPOP.

For the clinical policies and procedures for the use of methodone and buprenorphine visit the Drug and Alcohol Office (external site).

For consumer information and general information on the CPOP visit Healthy WA (external site)

Annual reports

CPOP data is also contributed to the National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data (NOPSAD) (external site) Collection Bulletin (published by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW)). The NOPSAD collection report provides information on key questions relating to the number of clients receiving opioid pharmacotherapy treatment, the type of treatment they receive, who prescribes the treatment, where the treatment is received (dosing site) and how pharmacotherapy fits more generally with treatment in Australia.

Applications and forms

For prescribers

For pharmacists

Forms should be completed and sent to the Chief Pharmacist, Medicines and Poisons Regulation Branch. 

Fax: 9222 2463
Postal address:
Medicines and Poisons Regulation Branch
Department of Health
PO Box 8172
Perth Business Centre
Perth WA 6849

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Medicines and Poisons Regulation Branch