The CODEMISUSED project has contributed key findings and recommendations towards the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) CPD Training Programme which was originally started by the CPPE in 2013. This learning programme entitled 'Addiction, misuse and dependency: A focus on over-the-counter and prescribed medicines' is suitably designed for health professionals including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pre-registration trainees and CPPE registrants.
To access this innovative training resource and partake in the online programme, you need to first register with the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE), Manchester Pharmacy School.
Healthcare professionals will encounter patients who are addicted to or misuse prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines or who are not using medicines the way that they were intended. About 30 percent of adults in Britain have used illicit drugs at some time in their lives, but abuse of prescription drugs (such as benzodiazepines) is probably even more widespread.
This learning programme considers what can be done to recognise the key risk factors, patient identifiers and triggers that may lead us to prevent these medicines from being misused. There are key communication skills that will encourage patients to divulge information and the fact that they are addicted to medicines.
The programme focuses on the addiction to or misuse of medicines that are legal drugs as well as ones that you may prescribe, dispense or encounter in the course of your everyday work. It will help you to signpost your patients to the most appropriate services and also recognise the treatment interventions that could be used. The programme does not look at the addiction to illicit substances, although the communication skills could be used for all patients.
Please contact the CPPE for more details.
Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education,
Manchester Pharmacy School,
1st floor, Stopford Building,
The University of Manchester,
Oxford Road, Manchester
Telephone: +44 (0)161 778 4000