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Give pharmacy the resources needed to tackle stubbornly high drug abuse rates


Pharmacists have long been recognised as valuable contributors to drug treatment services. With the advent of new drugs of abuse including so called “legal highs” and prescription medicines recently classified as CDs the need to do more is accelerating. I remember the vast over prescribing of benzodiazepines and see it emerging again with pregabalin and gabapentin. This initiative is brilliant but so much more can be done if pharmacists were true shared care partners practicing autonomously as part of a larger team. The new contract talks are essential to unlock this potential but drug treatment services have always been funded by public health and the home office as well as the NHS. It’s vital that such bodies are consulted and convinced now or we will get the continued decline we are witnessing and pilots such as this will continue to gather dust in the vaults of good intention.

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13 APR 2019

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