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A survey of amphetamine prescribing by drug services in the East and West Midlands

  • H. F. Moselhy (a1), G. Georgiou (a1), A. Kahn (a1) and E. Day (a1)
Abstract
Aims and Method

This study aimed to assess the current level of amphetamine prescribing for adults in drug services in the West and East Midlands. A questionnaire was developed to investigate prescribing habits and attitudes, and was addressed to the senior member of staff in each drug service within the West and East Midlands area.

Results

A total of 41 services were identified, and 29 questionnaires were returned (a 71% response rate). Of the services that replied, 20 (69%) prescribed amphetamines, with 132 (12%) patients identified as amphetamine misusers currently receiving a prescription. However, 26 (90%) services felt that substitute prescribing did have a role in a comprehensive service for this group.

Clinical Implications

Although amphetamine prescribing has been shown to reduce both criminal and injecting behaviour, only two-thirds of the local services prescribe such drugs, with a small percentage of amphetamine users receiving a prescription. There is a need for a national consensus about substitute prescribing of amphetamines and increased flexibility within drug services when managing the problem.

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A survey of amphetamine prescribing by drug services in the East and West Midlands

  • H. F. Moselhy (a1), G. Georgiou (a1), A. Kahn (a1) and E. Day (a1)
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