Special Issue "Misuse and Abuse of Medicines"
A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2018).
Interests: misuse, abuse and addiction to medicines; over-the-counter and prescription medicine supply and prescribing; medical sociology; pharmacy; medical ethics
The supply of medicines through recognized routes, such as prescriptions and over-the-counter pharmacy sales, represent a key aspect of treatment in many health systems. Despite regulation of such supplies in many countries, representing an important public health strategy to protect the public, there is increasing recognition, however, that some medicines can be misused and abused and lead to dependence and addiction. Implicated therapeutic groups include analgesics and particularly opioids, benzodiazepines, stimulants, laxatives, and sedatives, with associated morbidity and mortality, and wider societal and economic burdens. Current responses to this issue vary, and relate to the appropriateness of prescribing and pharmacy supplies, awareness of misuse and abuse risks amongst the public and health-care professionals, appropriate regulation and enforcement of supply routes, and the adequacy of treatment and support options. This represents a unique problem for pharmacy and healthcare more generally, as those affected may differ significantly from other groups, such as illicit drug users, and also represent a hard-to-reach population, with potentially unique methodological and treatment needs. Articles are invited to this Special Issue on “Misuse and Abuse of Medicines” to enhance our understanding of this increasingly important topic. We welcome empirical studies relating to any aspect of medicine misuse and abuse, as well as theoretical and methodological reflections, and opinion pieces.Dr. Richard Cooper
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Medicine Misuse
- Medicine Abuse
- Medicine Regulation
- Prescribing appropriateness
- Addiction Treatment