14W12: Medication Misuse – Over-the–Counter (OTC) and Prescribed

As healthcare professionals, we encounter patients who are addicted to and /or misuse prescription and OTC medicines in our everyday practice. Approximately 30% of adults in the UK will have used illicit drugs at some point in their lives with abuse of prescription drugs becoming more widespread.

This course will consider how to recognise key risk factors, triggers for patients and how we can help prevent these medicines from being misused. It will help develop effective communication skills in encouraging patients to divulge information and the fact they are addicted to medicines. It will provide information for you to signpost patients to the most appropriate services and recognise treatment interventions that can be used. This course will not look specifically at addiction to illicit substances but the skills can be used for all patients.

Learning Objectives
After the study evening participants will be able to:
•  Define the term ‘addiction to and misuse of medicines’ with respect to prescribed and OTC medicines.
•  Interpret the key data sources and reports which discuss the public health problem with misuse and addiction to medicines.
•  Identify key at risk groups of people and patients who could become dependent on medicines and list the common medicine categories.
•  Differentiate between prevention and treatment (recovery) aspects of addiction or misuse to medicines.
•  Recognise the best practice in safe and effective prescribing likely to reduce the risks and harm from addictive medicines.
•  Describe appropriate services, treatment interventions and care pathways which can support people who have become dependent on specific medicines.
•  Recognise the role of pharmacy within the multidisciplinary team managing substance misuse.

Designed for
For all members of the pharmacy team, including support staff.

Local expert from Substance-Misuse Services

Presentation and interactive participation

Pre-course preparation
None required

13th February 2014 7:30 PM   to   9:30 PM
G1.2 Pembrokeshire College
Haverfordwest, SA61 1SZ

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Online course information
Moodle course code 14W12
Event status
This event is open to the following membership groups
WCPPE membership groups Pharmacist, Pharmacist registered outside Wales, Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Technician registered outside Wales, Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (working towards NVQ3), Pharmacy Support Staff, Returner to Practice, Pre-registration Tutor, PHRMY Staff

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