Presentation on theme: "Drug misuse and dependence. How did we get here? Recently finished VTS- leeds/bradford Interested in the field, work in a practice with similarly minded."— Presentation transcript:
Some figures 141000 in treatment 2001/2 38% of 15yr olds used a drug in last year One study of 160 homeless 16-25yr olds 89% in last year (95% ever) 65% of all arrestees positive for some form of drugs 1.2% mortality per year in heroin users
Classification of drugs Class A – cocaine, heroin, methadone, morphine, PCP, ecstacy, LSD. Any injected class B drug Class B – amphetamine, dihydrocodeine, Ritalin, barbiturates Class C – cannabis, benzodiazepines
Another language Gear, brown, smack Rocks, white, crack Uppers, downers Blues and yellows Skunk?
The Drug Addict What do you think are the characteristics of a stereotypical drug addict? Are all drug addicts the same?
Reasons for starting Peer group pressure Enjoyment Self manage mental health illness Self manage chronic pain Iatrogenic
Risk factors Prior delinquent behaviour Social class Peer group influences Risk taking behaviour Parental Poor quality of relationships Inconsistent parenting Lack of participation in conventional activities eg employment and education
Primary care role Assessment Management Education Signposting
Aims of treatment Accessibility and health improvement Harm minimisation Reducing associated deaths Reducing associated criminal activity Appropriate treatment and referral Improve social, personal and family fctn.
Assessment History – Why now? primary drug, present problems, drug history, physical symptoms, worries and concerns. Children and other family members Examination – injecting sites, evidence of DVT, general health inc dental. BMI Discuss options ahead
Presentation of substance misuse in general practice
Local services Current treatment agencies in Bradford SMS (Fountains Hall), Ripple, NBPCT DS, Bridge Project, Henry Street, CDAT GP surgeries inc Kensington St, Farrar MC, Ling House Could change with new pct?