Drug misuse and dependence: The role of community pharmacy

Jane Lois Sheridan, Suzanne Nielsen, Rhys Ponton

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This chapter covers a range of concepts and issues relating to drug misuse and dependence. It starts with definitions, then moves on to explore a historical context using a case study of the UK, for the role of pharmacy. Some of the traditional community pharmacy roles in managing drug misuse and dependence are outined, and future roles are also described, including take home naloxone for overdose prevention and the distribution of medicinal cannabis. The chapter ends with some thoughts for future roles for community pharmacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy
EditorsZaheer-Ud-Din Babar
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128127353
ISBN (Print)9780128127360
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019


  • Addiction
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Antipsychotics
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Dependence
  • Gabapentinoids
  • Harm reduction
  • Heroin
  • HIV
  • Marijuana
  • Methadone
  • Naloxone
  • Needle exchange
  • Opioid substitution therapy
  • Opioids/opiates
  • Prescription
  • Regulation
  • Stimulants
  • Substance use disorder

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