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

Hamdy F. Moselhy, George Georgiou, Ash Kahn, Ed Day

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-62
Number of pages2
JournalPsychiatric Bulletin
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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