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Substance misuse: Harm reduction and treatment

A solid evidence base is now established for the treatment of substancemisuse and for several interventions that reduce the harm it can cause.Pharmacists’ involvement in offering both is essential

By Jenny Scott, PhD, MRPharmS, Rhys Ponton, PhD, MRPharmS, and Janie Sheridan, PhD, FRPharmS



Clear guidelines have been written for the management of substance dependence, backed by a solid evidence base. Pharmacists can contribute to the effective delivery of this care.

There is an increasing number of pharmacists specialising in the management of substance misuse, many of whom are prescribers. This can be a rewarding area of practice where observed outcomes can be dramatic in a short period, providing pharmacists with the opportunity to observe the benefits of their involvement.


Jenny Scott is senior lecturer in pharmacy practice at University of Bath, Rhys Ponton is a medicines management pharmacist at NHS Plymouth and Janie Sheridan is associate professor of pharmacy practice at the School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland, New Zealand.


Citation: Clinical Pharmacist URI: 10977184

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