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Lambert, S., Wall, M. & Horan, A.
Journal of psychoactive drugs
An evaluation of practitionerís experience of service users seeking community detoxification from benzodiazepines.
In Press
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Addiction; Benzodiazepines; Detoxification; Mental Health: Treatment; Trauma
A recent report in Ireland identified that two thirds of poisoning deaths involved poly drug use with an average of four different drugs involved. Of these Benzodiazepines were the most common drug group involved. Concern has been expressed regarding high levels of benzodiazepine prescriptions globally. Community based detoxification programmes are required but detoxification is complex with high risks associated such as overdose. This study utilised a survey to gather the experiences of a range of drug workers in addiction settings in the Southern region of Ireland who are tasked with the management of supporting service users who wish to detoxify from benzodiazepines. The purpose of this study is to identify the issues highlighted in the data and consequently inform policy development, service delivery, future training and pathways to support Service Users (SUís). Findings indicate that that while practitioners had high levels of confidence in managing community based detoxes, levels of knowledge of schedules, contraindications, access to support and appropriate referral pathways were limited. Barriers to supporting detoxes emerged emphasising the importance of multi-disciplinary and inter-agency care planning. Changing trends in drug use led participants to indicate a need for pharmacology training and development of specific local protocols.
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