Substance misuse related issues are common, presenting in up to 15% of primary care consultations, up to 40% of emergency department consultations and up to 80% of prison admissions. As general practitioners are ideally placed to identify people with drug or alcohol problems, they need to be aware of the extent and consequences of these problems to the health of the individual, and the effect on their families and society.
Substance misuse can be defined as: "Intoxication by – or regular excessive consumption of and/or dependence on psychoactive substances, leading to social, psychological, physical or legal problems. It includes problematic use of both legal and illegal drugs (including alcohol when used in combination with other substances)." Nice 2007.
Dr Ide Delargy
|Assistant Programme Director
Dr Des Crowley
|Clinical Audit Facilitator
Dr Marie Claire Van Hout
Ms Aoife McBride
The Substance Misuse Programme reports to the ICGP Education Governance Committee. This audit process is overseen by the Audit Review Group (ARG) which is a joint ICGP/HSE committee and administered by the Substance Misuse Programme (SMP) at the ICGP.
|Congratulations to Dr Maria O'Mahony who was awarded the Best Practice Improvement Award on the Substance Misuse Certificate Course 2016.
2015 winner: Dr Sheena Finn.