Dr. Luis Patricio is a Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at Unidade de Aditologia e Patologia Dual-Casa de Saude de Carnaxide-Portugal. Dr. Patricio contributed to the introduction of agonist opioid treatment for drug addicts in Portugal through his consultation activity at the Ministry of Health and through his active clinical practice. He has been involved in this field since the 1980s, and in 1987, he co-founded the first center for the treatment of drug addicts in Portugal (called TAIPAS). This facility was the first in the network of centers treating drug addiction, which now serves the entire
country. Dr. Patricio was a pioneer in the use of LAAM (1994-2000) and a leader of the launcher team for Buprenorphine (1999) and Buprenorphine-Naloxone treatment in Portugal (2006). He is very active in disseminating information on correct methodology of treatment through books, TV programs, radio programs, DVDs, Prevention Briefcase and blogs dedicated to the treatment of heroin addiction.