Management of drug misuse: an 8-year follow-up survey of Scottish GPs

Catriona Matheson, Terry Porteous, Edwin Van Teijlingen, Christine Bond

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This study repeated a Scotland-wide survey of one-in-four GPs from 2000, to compare findings with 2008. A 60% response was achieved (of 1065). Almost 44% of GPs were treating drug misusers (62% in 2000). Enhanced services were provided by less than half of practices. Seven per cent of responders were only comfortable prescribing below the recommended minimum dose of 60 mg methadone, (33% in 2000). Over 70% offered blood-borne virus screening and 71% were aware of patients using psychostimulants. Recent changes, particularly the new GP contract may have decreased GP involvement in treating drug misusers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-520
Number of pages4
JournalThe British Journal of General Practice
Issue number576
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010


  • drug abuse
  • general practice
  • survey


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