Substance Misuse


Substance misuse related issues are common, presenting in up to 15% of primary care consultations, up to 40% of emergency department consultations and up to 80% of prison admissions.   Substances that may be misused include alcohol, prescribed and over-the-counter medications as well as illicit substances.  Polysubstance misuse is relatively common and presents particular challenges in management.  Substance misuse is not confined to any one social group or any one age cohort. 

This course, aimed primarily at GPs and GPs in training, provides a practical framework for detection and management of substance misuse problems in general practice.  The course consists of 11 on-line lessons and a single MCQ assessment that take 3 hours to complete.  Supporting materials include practical tools, such as links to relevant guidelines and screening tools are provided. The course qualifies for 5 External CME points for Professional Competence Scheme and for GMS study leave. Additional time spent reviewing supporting materials or discussing content at practice meetings may qualify for additional CPD points in the personal learning and internal CME points areas of your Professional Competence Scheme.

ICGP Members:  Please access this course by clicking on the LOGIN button and inputting your ID and PIN. 
Non-Members/Guest Access:  Doctors or other healthcare professionals who are not members of the ICGP must apply for an
enrolment key. 

Please go to: to complete the online booking form and for further details. 

For more information please contact: Aoife.McBride

Last modified: Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 9:34 AM