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O'Connor, John J and Stafford-Johnson, Sally (1990) The abuse of prescribed medication. Irish Doctor, pp. 217-221.

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The prevalence and management of prescribed medication abuse is outlined. The patterns of presentation are related to availability and the abuser's profile. Ireland recorded a world first in the abuse of Diconal. Methadone is replacing heroin as a problem drug among abusers. Early recognition and intervention give good treatment outcomes.

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