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The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

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e-learning

Substance use and misuse - Module 2: Harm reduction


  • Released: 11/2017
  • Reviewed: 04/2019
  • Study time: 3h:0m

Please note there are four modules which make up this learning programme.

This learning provides an overview of substances of misuse, harm reduction strategies, holistic care and communicating with different patient groups, as well as the provision of services including supervised administration and needle exchange.

There are four modules which make up this learning programme. To access the other modules, select the links below:

Module 1: Substances of misuse

Module 3: Communication with patients and support networks

Module 4: Provision of services

Please note: this e-learning programme has been developed and provided by the Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education (WCPPE). CPPE have altered the programme to refer to English legislation.

Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this learning progamme you should be able to:

  • define harm reduction and outline its principles
  • recognise the role of the pharmacist and pharmacy team in shared care
  • understand the risks of injecting practice and advise on safer techniques
  • examine the risks of blood-borne viruses
  • identify and manage the signs and symptoms of opiate overdose
  • explain the pharmacological treatment options for opioid users for maintenance, detoxification and relapse prevention
  • outline the psychosocial treatment options for substance misuse.

How to use this programme

On your computer: You can access this e-learning  programme through your web browser on your computer. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it. You may be taken to another website to complete this programme.

On your tablet device: To access this programme on a mobile device or tablet you may need to download the free Articulate app or you can access this programme through your web browser. If you access this programme on a device with a smaller screen, functionality may be reduced.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees