In my opinion, misuse of pain medication is a fault of medical providers rather than a person who suffers from addiction. According to Goodman (2006), “addiction designates a process whereby a behavior, that can function both to produce pleasure and to provide escape from internal discomfort, is employed in a pattern characterized by recurrent failure to control the behavior (powerlessness) and continuation of the behavior despite significant negative consequences (unmanageability)”. There are many different cases where a doctor prescribes incorrect dose of medication or a patient who lacks the ability to resist the pain and receives medicine that is too strong or not adequate to his or her needs. In 1980’s the leading physicians were trained to recommend “opioid therapy” as a treatment to those who suffered from chronic pain or were terminally ill (Libby, 2005). Later, those medications were also prescribed to people who suffered from nonterminal conditions. That change led to the significant increase in sales of pain medication and brought millions of dollars in profit throughout 1990s (Libby, 2005). This resulted in stronger incentive from pharmaceutical point of view to produce more pills that could be more available to ordinary people. Many of the physicians did not recognize the problem of prescribing more and more painkillers to those who did not truly need them. Forming that habit, patients unconsciously started to being addicted to medications that “improved” their state of mind and relieved from pain. Whenever patient that was in pain took the pill, part of his brain recognized the pleasant feeling and wanted to repeat it every time a person experienced physical discomfort. This is the process of how addiction is formed. As a consequence of realizing the size of a problem, many physicians and pain specialist started to avoid opioid treatment, causing many Americans to suffer from chronic pain even if therapies were available to treat the pain (Libby, 2005). Being previously accustomed to pills, patients had to change their mind set due to the lack of medication availability. Knowing that there is easier way to preserve the pain, people were not willing to put effort in solving the problem, they just wanted to take the pill and be free from agony. Pharmacists are the main link in the chain of drug delivery to the patient (Chernin, 2001). It is very important for both sides, drug provider as well as receiver, to recognize appropriate pain management and abuse. According to Cherin (2001), it was assessed that about 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. From my point of view medication providers are responsible to diagnose patients accurately and provide the best possible solution. Doctors’ job is to treat people with the adequate methods, either it is psychological help or use of medications. Chronic pain is one of the main public health problems estimating that “40% to 50% of patients in routine practice setting fail to receive adequate relief“ (Cherin, 2001). Some physicians are afraid to prescribe pain medication in order to avoid addiction, which is why chronic pain occurs. In my opinion, avoiding prescriptions is not a right solution to a problem and once patient gets wrong dose of medicine it can suffer from further ailments. Every addiction starts with a use of medicine. Patients who
The Medicines Act 1968, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (and later amendments), the Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 (and later amendments), the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), COSHH, the Mental Capacity Act (2005) the Access to health records Act (1990), the Data Protection Act (1998) plus equality legislation.
The Controlled Substances Act of 1990 set up the Legal Classifications of drugs based on their use, abuse and how save they are considered.
The following is…
Misuse of drugs act 1971….Regulates the dispensing, prescribing & handling of controlled drugs. It requires a licence to stock controlled drugs be held by care settings to ensure they are managed responsibly.
Misuse of drugs & misuse of drugs [safe custody] [amendments] regs. 2007….specifies about handling, record keeping & storage of controlled drugs.
Safer management of controlled drugs regs 2006….requires all care organisations to have an appointed person responsible for…
The Medicines Acts 1968 and various amendments cover the legal management of medication. While care staff are not expected to have detailed knowledge of the legislation, they do need to be aware of the legal difference between types of drugs and the legal framework that allows them to handle medicines on behalf of the service user.
The following is a list of legislation that has a direct impact upon the handling of medication within a social care setting.
* The Medicines Act 1968…
Drug abuse is discriminatory; it does not care about race, gender, age or social status.
Prescription drugs are everywhere, they are advertised daily on television, easily purchased without a prescription online, and most people have them in their medicine cabinets. The younger generation has begun to use them as a way to self-medicate; they get them from home and through friends. Even drug dealers are selling them because they have become more popular than illicit drugs like cocaine and marijuana…
* MEDICINES ACT 1968 PLUS AMENDMENTS : Human medicines regulations act august 2012 has been super seeded
* Pharmacists can use there own professional judgement to make changes to a product name or its common name without having to contact the prescriber.
* GSL meds do not have to have advice sheet in except for paracetamol.
* It defines 3 categories of medicine
* (PO) prescription only medicines
* (P) pharmacy only
* (GSL) general sales list
* MISUSE OF DRUGS…
to the doctor? It is pain. Doctors all over the country wonder how they can prescribe accurate medications so the patient is relieved of pain without becoming addicted to that medication. Many doctors under-prescribe powerful painkillers. They overestimate the potential for patients becoming addicted to painkillers such as morphine and codeine. When doctors limit pain medication, thousands of patients suffer needlessly. Doctors' fear that patients will become addicted to pain medication is known as…
Identify current legislation, guidelines, policies and protocols relevant to the administration of medication
Health and Safety at Work Act
The Medicines Act
The Misuse of Drugs Act
The Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) and the Essential Standards, The RPS Handling Medicines in Social Care Guidelines, Health Act 2006 etc.
Describe common types of medication including their effects and potential side effects
Paracetamol-The side effects…
The Medicines Act 1968
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973
The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
The Mental Capacity Act (2005)
The Access to health records Act (1990)
The Data Protection Act (1998)
The Medicines Act 1968 and Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Order 1997 cover the sale, use and production of medicines. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for regulating medicines in the…
was illegal and was used as medicine to treat illnesses. However, in this modern world, cannabis is no longer legal to use it or produce it. This essay will show how the usage of cannabis has changed over the years and why. It will also discuss whether the current legal classification of cannabis is appropriate and whether it should be changed or not.
Cannabis is an old fashioned Eastern tranquilliser. It creates muscular relaxation and decreases sensitivity to pain. In predisposed individuals…
through which to terminate their lives. Passive euthanasia entails withdrawing essential treatment, while active euthanasia entails administration of medicines that quicken death. There is a strong rationale for governments to oppose the legalization euthanasia, stemming from moral quagmires, sanctity of life, and the pitfalls associated with misuse (Legal Dictionary).
Proponents of euthanasia argue that it impinges on people’s fundamental right to self-determination. They argue that the…