Factors that influence pharmacists' efforts in addressing substance use in Nigeria: An exploratory study

Rotimi, Kunle, Edeh, Favour K., Aiden, Jimmy, Itiola, Ademola Joshua, and Obamiro, Kehinde (2022) Factors that influence pharmacists' efforts in addressing substance use in Nigeria: An exploratory study. Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy, 8. 100189.

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Introduction: Substance use is a major global public health problem. Over the years, the burden of substance use has increased worldwide, with Nigeria having a prevalence that is substantially above the global average. Tackling this challenge requires a collaborative effort between different health professionals. Despite the critical roles pharmacists could play in substance use prevention and management, exploration of pharmacists' role in mitigating substance use in society has received limited attention in most sub-Saharan countries. In this study, we explored the experiences of pharmacists in substance use prevention and management.

Methods: We conducted semi-structured interviews to explore pharmacists' perceptions of their roles in the prevention and management of substance use in Nigeria. Following data transcription, we conducted a thematic content analysis.

Results: The four major themes that emerged included 1) the extent of pharmacists' involvement in the decision-making process for addressing substance use, 2) factors that influence pharmacists efforts in addressing substance use in Nigeria, 3) how to improve rational prescribing practices and, 4) capacity building to enhance pharmacists participation in addressing substance use.

Conclusion: Pharmacists have the opportunity to play critical roles in the prevention and management of substance use, but several individual and systemic challenges limit their full potential. Addressing these challenges is crucial in increasing pharmacists' participation in preventing and managing substance use.

Item ID: 78786
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2667-2766
Keywords: Addiction, Drug abuse, Rational prescribing, Substance use
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2023 00:59
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3214 Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences > 321403 Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200199 Clinical health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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