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RCGP Secure Environments Group. [Royal College of General Practitioners, UK] (2011) Safer prescribing in prisons: guidance for clinicians. London: Royal College of General Practitioners. 21 p.

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Endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the guidance is the first of its kind to address this often challenging area. It looks at a number of clinical areas and highlights issues such as medication misuse by patients and medications being traded between inmates.

This guidance has been written to assist clinicians working in prisons but it also has relevance for clinicians working in other secure environments such as forensic physicians and custody nurses; consultant psychiatrists; pain clinic prescribers; hospital prescribers and general practitioners who work with offenders.

Dr Marcus Bicknell, Chair of the Secure Environments Group, said:
"There are 136 prisons in England and approximately 250,000 people move through the prison system each year, many of whom will have health issues and need care. We hope this guidance will prove helpful to the different healthcare teams who have a responsibility to work with patients in secure settings."

Areas covered by the guidance include:
■Possession of Medicines
■Pain
■Neuropathic Pain
■Depression
■Epilepsy and Other Convulsive Conditions
■Psychoses
■Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
■Benzodiazepines: Use in Anxiety and Other Related Disorders
■Insomnia


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Prescription/Over the counter, Alcohol or other drugs in general, CNS depressants
Intervention Type:AOD disorder treatment method, AOD disorder drug therapy
Source:Royal College of General Practitioners, UK
Date:2011
Pages:21 p.
Publisher:Royal College of General Practitioners
Corporate Creators:RCGP Secure Environments Group
Place of Publication:London
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care administration > Health care quality control
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Prison-based health service
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility > Prison
HJ Treatment method > Drugs and alcohol disorder treatment method
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Drugs and alcohol substance by legal status > Prescription drug (medicine / medication)
T Demographic characteristics > Prison Inmate (prisoner)

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