use of prescription drugs has increased nationally. It is clear some people can develop problems with the use of certain medicines that have the potential for dependency and abuse. While historically, problems in relation to POM/OTC medicines have not been a major focus of drug treatment policy, national data does suggest that the use of these medicines are reported as problematic by a significant proportion of the drug treatment population. We also recognise that dependent drug users may often take POM/OTC medicines for quite different reasons than the rest of the population, for example, to enhance the effects of illegal drugs or to manage their after effects. It is clear that while some people might develop problems from the directed use of these medicines others can develop problems that stem from their non-directed use. We will focus on helping both involuntary and illicit addiction. I hope this sufficiently answers your enquiry but please do not hesitate to contact Gary Shenton, contact details at the top of the letter, should you require any further information. Yours sincerely Kathy Doran Chief Executive NHS Cheshire Warrington Wirral Pp Alex Dalgarno Cornwall and Isles Of Scilly PCT YES – discussed on phone with Trevint House and they do provide services and showed a good understanding of the needs of ITA sufferers. They have 3 offices across the County, workers in GP’s surgeries, they understand people become housebound due to withdrawal symptoms and provide home visits and the GPs work with therapeutic volunteers. I have been sent this information from our Joint Commissioning Manager,Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Drug & Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) Some GPs offer supported reduction programmes and Add action do offer support. Their Central office is: Trevint House Strangways Villas Truro, TR1 2PA 01872 263001 I don't know if you have discussed this with your GP?, but you might like to give Trevint House a ring to see if they are able to help. Best wishes Wendy PALS Team NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly County Durham PCT YES – I spoke with Katharine Humby and the Community Drugs Team works closely with Mind and also NECA in their 7 treatment services Thank you for your email. It is difficult to comment or provide advice to you on the basis of the information provided. Can I suggest that you contact PALS on freephone 0800 195 7998 in order that we can discuss your query in more detail.
Alternatively if you would like to email me your contact telephone number, a member of the PALS team will be happy to phone you. I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes. Katharine Humby Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) Manager Coventry Teaching PCT also Warwickshire NO The PCT does not provide any services for patients who are dependent upon prescribed drugs. The GP, will of course, provide necessary treatment but I believe the CWPT provide the substance misuse services. Hope that’s ok Regards Harpal Bains Patient Advice & Information Assistant NHS Coventry Nursing Directorate Christchurch House Cumbria Teaching PCT NO – I have a letter from my previous surgery (Head Doctor – Cumbria) stating that there are no such services in Cumbria. NHS Cumbria does not deliver this service but if you would like to contact Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust on 01228 602020 they will be able to help Thank you Shirley Forrest Executive Assistant/PALS NHS Cumbria Tenterfield Brigsteer Road KENDAL Cumbria. LA9 5EA Derby City PCT NO – These all deal with illicit use. I also contacted Phoenix Futures in Trafford and they deal with illicit use only. I am unsure if you live in the Derby City or Derbyshire County geographical area, and the response may differ slightly between the two areas. I have contacted the Derby City Lead Commissioner Mr. James Sutherland, /Substance Misuse - who has kindly provided the information below: ‘Individuals with addictions to prescribed medications (in the Derby City area) are supported by City services i.e. Phoenix Futures, who are happy to support the patients registered / prescribing G.P. in the development of management and support plans - to assist in recovery from prescribed medications. The City’s Drug treatment services are primarily concerned with providing substitute medication for illicit drug use. The rationale for this in relation to prescribed medications is there may be ongoing / underlying clinical care and medical needs which may preclude treatment to be undertaken directly by drug treatment agencies, and as such a supportive partnership approach is favoured within the City. I hope this information is helpful to you, however if you are a Derbyshire patient – I would be more than happy to approach our Senior Commissioning Manager Mr. M. Burrows, - Derbyshire Drug and Alcohol Team (DAAT) - in order to request additional feedback, linked to the same enquiry for Derbyshire response