C55291: Drug abuse and ocular health - awareness and recommended approach

Dr Doina Gherghel and Gurudutt Sidhu review the ocular impact of recreational drugs, legal and illegal, and offer advice on how to approach patients showing evidence of use or abuse

The use of various drugs for recreational purposes is widespread, has various triggers and is apparent in all ages and socioeconomic groups. Statistics from the NHS Information Centre1 show that majority of drug misuse complications arise in individuals 16 to 34 years old, with cannabis being the most commonly used drug among young people, even after this drug was reclassified from a class C to a class B drug. More than £900 million has been invested by the Home Office since 2003 to establish the Drugs Intervention Programme which incorporates a partnership working across the criminal justice system, primary healthcare professionals and a range of drug treatment or rehabilitation services.2

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