Training in substance abuse is lacking for GPs

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7024.186c (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:186
  1. Edwin Martin
  1. General practitioner 2 Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 3NG

    EDITOR,—My practice looks after 45 patients who misuse opiates and amphetamines, for whom it has a prescribing programme.1 2 3 The local police drug squad has commented that the care given to these patients has decreased the availability of heroin on the streets of north Bedfordshire. Six months ago the practice looked after more than 60 patients, and the strain of this led to the breakdown of the health of one of the partners. None of us has any training in this aspect …

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