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photo Helping the Impaired Pharmacist
A Program for Colleagues
By James Brodie

Pharmacists have ready access to a wide range of narcotic drugs and other controlled substances. Despite their professional training and knowledge of the risks associated with these drugs, research indicates that pharmacists may be at particular risk for substance abuse. Some studies have suggested that as many as 10 to 18 percent may be chemically dependent, and even higher percentages of practicing and student pharmacists report using controlled substances without prescriptions. Substance abuse by pharmacists can destroy lives, families, and professional careers. Their errors can cause irreparable harm to their patients, and their colleagues and employers could be held jointly liable. Despite this grim picture, with early detection, intervention, and effective treatment, more than three quarters of impaired pharmacists recover. This provocative training program is designed to help pharmacists and employers to recognize substance abuse problems among their colleagues, and to take prompt and effective action. A Study Guide supplementing the video is available online. It was written by Brian Goldman, MD, FACEP, MCFP(EM), with consultant Kenneth A. Dickinson, MS, RPh, CEAP.

18 minutes
© 2003
Purchase $149 VHS
Order No. QA-387
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-387-X

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"Issues related to pain management, substance abuse and drug diversion have become increasingly important within the health professions in the last decade. Each video emphasizes the importance of and the process for professional intervention for the impaired physician or pharmacist. Recommended."Educational Media Reviews Online

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