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Appropriate Dispensing of Prescription Medications and Recognition of Substance Abuse: The Pharmacist’s Perspective

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Substance Abuse is epidemic in our society and despite systems and policies at every level to ensure safe dispensing of medicines; many problems exist, resulting in tragic morbidity and mortality in every community in the United States. This chapter examines the role of the Pharmacists, in terms of safeguarding the many potent agents available through prescriptions and nonprescriptions, illicit availability, and systems available to minimize risks such as drug testing and Risk Evaluation & Mitigation Strategies (REMS). The role of the Pharmacist includes effective communication with other healthcare professionals and utilization of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP), which allow for identification of patients who are also being prescribed substances of abuse by other Physicians within the same state. The Pharmacist plays a critical role in ensuring safe prescribing practice of drugs of abuse and in identification of patients with Substance Abuse issues.

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Correspondence to Adam Marc Kaye PharmD, F.A.S.C.P., F.C.Ph.A. .

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Kaye, A.M., Kaye, A.D. (2015). Appropriate Dispensing of Prescription Medications and Recognition of Substance Abuse: The Pharmacist’s Perspective. In: Kaye, A., Vadivelu, N., Urman, R. (eds) Substance Abuse. Springer, New York, NY.

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