Article

Pharmacists' approach to harm minimisation initiatives associated with problem drug use: The Lothian survey

Citation

Jones P, van Teijlingen E, Matheson C & Gavin S (1998) Pharmacists' approach to harm minimisation initiatives associated with problem drug use: The Lothian survey. Pharmaceutical Journal, 261 (7009), pp. 324-327.

Abstract
AIM · To determine community pharmacists' approach to harm reduction initiatives associated with problem drug use. DESIGN · A specially designed postal questionnaire survey. SUBJECTS AND SETTING · 176 community pharmacy contractors in Lothian; 82 (47%) replied. OUTCOME MEASURES · Self-reported attitudes and behaviour. RESULTS · Nearly all respondents dispensed substitute drugs. One third had participated in needle and syringe exchange at some stage and half were willing to supervise methadone consumption on the premises. Most had problems with drug users but felt comfortable when dealing with such clients in their pharmacy. CONCLUSIONS · Lothian community pharmacists are making an important contribution to the management of problem drug users, but feel that there is scope for the development of service provision.

Journal
Pharmaceutical Journal: Volume 261, Issue 7009

StatusPublished
Publication date31/08/1998
PublisherRoyal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
ISSN0031-6873