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J Psychoactive Drugs. 2012 Jan-Mar;44(1):79-85.

Searching for answers: proper prescribing of controlled prescription drugs.

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UF College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine Division, Gainesville, FL 32606, USA. marthabrown@ufl.edu

Abstract

Prescription drug abuse is increasing at alarming rates in this country. Most often drugs are obtained through relatives or friends. An important step in addressing this problem is educating healthcare providers in the proper prescribing of scheduled drugs. Physicians and other healthcare workers receive little training in proper screening for substance abuse, proper prescribing of scheduled drugs, and referral for those needing treatment. Continuing medical education is one venue for addressing this problem. However, screening, brief intervention and referral for treatment (SBIRT) should be taught in medical school and residency.

PMID:
22641969
DOI:
10.1080/02791072.2012.662081
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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