Article

Pharmacy customers' views and experiences of using pharmacies which provide needle exchange services in Aberdeen and Glasgow, Scotland

Citation

Lawrie T, Matheson C, Bond CM & Roberts K (2003) Pharmacy customers' views and experiences of using pharmacies which provide needle exchange services in Aberdeen and Glasgow, Scotland. International Journal of Drug Policy, 14 (5-6), pp. 445-447. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0955-3959%2803%2900140-3

Abstract
Community pharmacists contribution to the management of drug problems is considerable. As the use of illicit drugs has increased, pharmacists have come under increasing pressure to offer services to problem drug users. However, there is concern among some pharmacists that offering such services may deter other customers. There is particular concern among some pharmacists about needle exchange services. Only 9.5% of Scottish pharmacies offer needle exchange services compared to 69% which are dispensing methadone (57% of which supervise methadone consumption). Qualitative interviews were used in a purposive sample of 10 pharmacies in Scotland. Eight customers were interviewed in each pharmacy to ascertain pharmacy customers' views on these services. The majority of customers were supportive of these services. Customers were often unaware that the pharmacy they were interviewed in was offering services for people with drug problems. Pharmacy customers were more knowledgeable about, and more supportive, of needle exchange services than they were of methadone. This was because they believed needle exchange services helped to reduce the amount of discarded needles in public places. Pharmacy customers also recognised that needle exchange helped reduce the spread of disease. These findings should be used to encourage more pharmacists to offer needle exchange services. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Keywords
Community pharmacy; Pharmacy clients’ views; Needle exchange; Drug misuse services

Journal
International Journal of Drug Policy: Volume 14, Issue 5-6

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2003
Date accepted by journal02/07/2003
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0955-3959