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5 Mar. 2020

A brief guide to identifying and responding to requests for drugs of dependence

The RACGP has released a new fact sheet for General Practitioners and practice teams to respond to requests for drugs of dependence. 

The fact sheet titled A brief guide to identifying and responding to requests for drugs of dependence is available for free online here.

GP’s are likely to be exposed to increased requests for prescriptions.

There is no single profile for people who develop problematic or risky use of drugs of dependence and patients may knowingly or unknowingly use these medicines in problematic or risky ways for a variety of reasons. Responding to requests for these medicines requires a nuanced approach for each patient.

To assist GPs and practice teams, the RACGP has developed a fact sheet, outlining behaviours suggesting problematic or risky use of these medicines, considerations for responding to requests, available prescription monitoring services and resources and practice wide approaches which may assist in managing requests for drugs of dependence.