Drug misuse and harm reduction programmes

Alison Blenkinsopp, Rhona Panton and Claire Anderson

in Health Promotion for Pharmacists

Second edition

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630445
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723575 | DOI:
Drug misuse and harm reduction programmes

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This chapter focuses on the role of pharmacists in preventing drug misuse. Drug misuse includes both licit (prescribed and over-the-counter drugs) and illicit agents (illegal substances. Pharmacists encounter drug misuse on a daily basis, and pharmaceutical care of those misusing drugs can raise ethical, legal, and moral issues. There are two main areas for pharmacist involvement — health promotion and enhanced services involving substitute prescribing and needle exchange.

Keywords: pharmacy practice; pharmacists; drug use; licit agents; illicit agents

Chapter.  5097 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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