Drug misuse is a major challenge for health professionals in the 21st century, and community pharmacy holds a key place in the management of prescribed medication, the provision of health education and promotion messages to drug users. Two decades ago there would have been no need for a book to describe such the role of community pharmacy; however, since more people are injecting drugs now and HIV is on the rise, community pharmacists have found their services in higher demand. The quality practice of tomorrow hinges on trained and competent practitioners working in a variety of community pharmacy settings. Drug Misuse and Community Pharmacy explains the historical, research and practical aspects. Experts use a practical and evidence-based approach to educate students of pharmacy, pre-registration pharmacists, community pharmacists working with drug users and anyone involved in developing and managing primary healthcare for drug misusers.
Part 1: Background. Opiate Addiction and the "British System:" Looking Back on the Twentieth Century and Trying to see its Shape in the Future. Drug Misuse and the Community Pharmacist: a Historical Overview. Part 2: Surveying the Situation. Reviewing the Situation - Pharmacists and Drug Misuse Services in England and Wales. Drug Misuse and Community Pharmacy in Scotland. Drug Misuse in Northern Ireland: the Role of the Community Pharmacist. Drug Users and Pharmacists: the Client Perspective. Part 3: Working with Drug Users. The History and Operation of Pharmacy Needle Exchanges. New Approaches to Dispensing Controlled Drugs: Supervised Consumption. Providing Health Care for Drug Users. Misuse "Over-the-Counter" Products. Part 4: Practical Matters - Training, Support and Shared Care. Legal and Ethical Considerations for Community Pharmacists. Training and Support for Pharmacists. Professional Conflicts for the Front-Line Community Pharmacist. Shared Care at the Primary and Secondary Interface: The Role of GPs and Specialist Drug Services. Part 5: The Way Forward. The Way Forward - Greater Specialism or More Generalism?