Central Treatment List (CTL)
HSE, National Drug Treatment Centre
To regulate the dispensing of methadone treatment in Ireland.
National — all clients prescribed methadone within Ireland.
Administrative database to regulate the dispensing of methadone treatment. The Central Treatment List (CTL) was established under Statutory Instrument No. 225 (Minister for Health and Children 1998) and is a complete register of all patients receiving methadone (as treatment for problems with opiate use) in Ireland. When a person is considered suitable for methadone detoxification, stabilisation or maintenance, a unique number is allocated to the client and a treatment card is issued for clients when dispensed in community pharmacies.
Name, address, date of birth, gender, District Electoral Division (DED), HSE area, Local Health Office (LHO) area, task force area, date commenced on methadone, type of methadone treatment, prescribing doctor, dispensing clinic, date and reason for discontinuation of methadone, client photograph and client signature.
When a person is considered suitable for methadone detoxification, stabilisation or maintenance, in compliance with Regulations the prescribing doctor notifies the CTL with completion of an entry form and a unique number is allocated to the client.
Numbers on the CTL are published annually by the Health Service Executive and Health Research Board. Monthly regional summary reports are circulated, as appropriate. Analysis reports can be requested.
Access to data only by staff operating the CTL.
The CTL was established under S.I. No. 225/1998: Misuse of drugs (supervision of prescription and supply of methadone) regulations, 1998. The Department of Health established a Methadone Implementation Prescribing Committee which meets four times a year. The first external review of the Methadone Treatment Protocol in Ireland was published in 2010.