09 May 2018
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Substance Misuse Events at the ICGP Annual Conference

The ICGP's Annual Conference and AGM was held on the 25th and 26th of May in the National Convention Center, Dublin. At this event there were multiple substance misuse talks and events. Please see below for more information.


Friday the 25th

Tips and Tools for Managing Alcohol Problems in your Practice

9am until 11am

This session provides a comprehensive look at the wide range of problems caused by alcohol. After some short initial presentations the panel of experts will debate and discuss practice based solutions and will address GP related management issues

Chair: Dr. Íde Delargy, Director, Substance Misuse Programme

  • Alcohol related Acquired Brain Injury - Prof. Mark Delargy, Clinical Director, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Beaumont Hospital and Mater Hospital, Dublin and Dr Helen McMonagle, Alcohol-Related Brain Injuries Rehabilitation Coordinator
  • Alcohol Misuse and Pregnancy Outcomes - Justin Gleeson, Drug Liaison Midwife, HSE Addiction Service.
  • National Policies on Alcohol – will they help to reduce harm?
    Part 1: Dying for a Drink -
    Prof. Frank Murray, Chair of the RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol
    Part 2: Dr. Hugh Gallagher GP Coordinator in the HSE addiction service in North Dublin

Assessing Medical Fitness to Drive: Prescription Medicines, Alcohol & Illicit Drugs

11.30am – 12.30pm

Chair: Dr. Íde Delargy, Director, Substance Misuse Programme

  • Prof Des O'Neill, National Director of the Office for Traffic Medicine, Consultant Physician in Geriatric & Stroke Medicine, Adelaide & Meath Hospital and Trinity College Dublin;
  • Prof Denis Cusack, Medical Director Medical Bureau of Road Safety

Reducing Benzodiazepene use among Elderly and Nursing Home Residents

2.30 - 3.30pm

Chair: Dr. Íde Delargy, Programme Director ICGP Substance Misuse Programme

  • Overview of the scale of the problem and the known risks of benzodiazepene use among NH and elderly patientsDr Brian Meade, GP and Chair of ICGP Nursing and Care Home Group
  • Reducing hypnotic usage among Nursing Home residents in Leopardstown Park Hospital - Mr. Adrian Ahern, Director of Nursing, Leopardstown Park Hospital
  • Revised ICGP guidelines on Benzodiazepene prescribingMs. Karen Finnigan, Pharmacist, Medicines Management Programme, HSE


Saturday the 26th

Behavioural Addictions: Gambling, Internet, other addictions how they present in Primary Care

9 - 10am

Chair: Dr. Íde Delargy, Director, Substance Misuse Programme

  • Barry Grant, CEO & Founder, Problem Gambling Ireland

The opiate pain medicine crisis – do we have one in Ireland?

9 - 10am

Chair: Dr. Íde Delargy, Director, Substance Misuse Programme

  • Connail McCrory, Dean, Faculty of Pain Medicine of Ireland, Medical Director Pain Medicine, St. James Hospital, Dublin
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