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Addiction, misuse and dependency: A focus on over-the-counter and prescribed medicines


  • Released: 06/2013
  • Reviewed: 04/2018
  • Study time: 2h:0m
  • Standard price: £10.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

Healthcare professionals will encounter patients who are addicted to or misuse prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines or who are not using medicines the way that they were intended.

This learning programme considers what can be done to recognise the key risk factors, patient identifiers and triggers that may lead us to prevent these medicines from being misused.

Learning objectives

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

  • define the term 'addiction to and misuse of medicines' with respect to prescribed and OTC medicines
  • interpret the key data sources and reports which discuss the public health problem with misuse and addiction to medicines
  • identify key at risk groups of people and patients who could become dependent on medicines and list the common medicines categories
  • differentiate between prevention and treatment (recovery) aspects of addiction or misuse to medicines
  • recognise the best practice in safe and effective prescribing likely to reduce the risks and harms from addictive medicines
  • describe appropriate services, treatment interventions and care pathways which can support people who have become dependent on specific medicines.

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
  • CPPE registrants