Addressing alcohol and drug-related issues: Reducing harm and supporting positive change.


Addressing alcohol and drug-related issues: Reducing harm and supporting positive change.


Understanding Misuse of Prescription and OTC Drugs WFD08 HDI08 22/10/2021

  • Duration 3h
  • Total Enrolled 5
  • Last Update September 28, 2021


This course is aimed at those that already have a basic drugs knowledge who want to have a better understanding of how prescription and OTC medicines are misused, harm reduction and supports available.

The zoom link to join the session is provided below

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Meeting ID: 868 2067 8157
Passcode: 432521

What Will I Learn?

  • Aware how prescription and OTC medicines are misused
  • Aware of the medicines most commonly used, their effects and methods of use
  • Aware of the prevalence of prescription and OTC medicine misuse in Northern Ireland
  • Aware how prescription and OTC medicine misuse can lead to addiction
  • Aware of risk of harm for the user associated with misuse
  • Aware of key harm reduction advice
  • Aware of local drug and alcohol services and how to refer to them

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I would like to thank Declan for the benefit of his extensive knowledge of this subject. I feel privileged to have taken part in this training.
He made it so relatable! The information he gave combined with descriptions of the real life effects of prescription and OTC medications and misuse. I was able to make sense, and gain a deeper understanding of a myriad of knowledge I thought I had of these substances.
Whether through working or through personal experience, this training is an invaluable aid to gain deeper understanding of what people (and their families) are dealing with, when they misuse prescription, and OTC drugs, this insight of their experiences offers a way, where we may be of help.



  • This is a virtual course delivered over zoom and the link is provided in the ‘description’ section.
  • You will be sent a reminder with joining instructions prior to the course.
  • Once you have attended the course you will need to return to this page and select 'complete course' to fill in a short course evaluation form, which will release your certificate of completion.
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