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Wall, Marianne and Lambert, Sharon and Horan, Aidan (2017) An evaluation of practitioner's experience of service users seeking community detoxification from benzodiazepines. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs , Early online , pp. 1-7.

A recent report in Ireland identified that two-thirds of poisoning deaths involved poly drug use with an average of four different drugs involved. Of these, benzodiazepines were the most common drug group involved. Concern has been expressed regarding high levels of benzodiazepine prescriptions globally. Community-based detoxification programs are required, but detoxification is complex with associated high risks, such as overdose. This study utilized a survey to gather the experiences of a range of drug workers in addiction settings in the southern region of Ireland who are tasked with the management of supporting service users who wish to detoxify from benzodiazepines.

The purpose of this study is to identify the issues highlighted in the data and consequently inform policy development, service delivery, future training, and pathways to support service users (SUs). Findings indicate that, while practitioners had high levels of confidence in managing community-based detoxes, levels of knowledge of schedules, contraindications, access to support, and appropriate referral pathways were limited. Barriers to supporting detoxes emerged, emphasizing the importance of multidisciplinary and interagency care planning. Changing trends in drug use led participants to indicate a need for pharmacology training and development of specific local protocols.


Item Type:Article
Date:4 December 2017
Page Range:pp. 1-7
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Volume:Early online
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Subjects:B Drugs and alcohol substances > Sedatives or tranquillisers (CNS depressants)
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Sedatives or tranquillisers (CNS depressants) > Benzodiazepine
HJ Treatment method > Drugs and alcohol disorder treatment method > Detoxification method
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Provider attitude toward treatment
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care delivery
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Drugs and alcohol related mortality / death
T Demographic characteristics > Drug or health care worker
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Cork

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