Letters to the Editor
Dealing with drug-seeking behaviour
- Fiona Wallace, Jenny James
- Aust Prescr 2016;39:151
- 1 October 2016
- DOI: 10.18773/austprescr.2016.074
In the article dealing with drug-seeking behaviour, It is a Tasmanian state-wide register that allows doctors to notify concerns about a patient’s medicine use and ensures all subsequent prescriptions for drugs of concern are listed. Pharmacists can also access this information. I believe that at least one other state runs a similar system.
In the first instance, checking to see if an individual is registered on DORA will allow the prescriber or dispenser to establish if there are conditions already in place. This is very useful out of hours when contacting GPs is often not possible.
Secondly, DORA allows ‘no fault’ registration. Once an individual is registered on the system as ‘of concern’, it does not affect them in any way, and prescribing and dispensing continues as normal. However, their primary doctor or local emergency department can simply keep an eye on what is happening, and have the data to move to the next stage if necessary. It can also be useful for noting past issues and adjusting prescribing accordingly, opening the way for frank discussion, and reducing the risk of unwise prescribing in those with a history of addiction.
Jenny James, the author of the article, comments:
DORA and its potential benefits. Currently Tasmania is the only state to have a real-time electronic system for reporting and recording of controlled drugs.
The Australian Government has committed
There are some potential unintended consequences
Career medical officer, Mersey Community Hospital, La Trobe, Tasmania
Medical coordinator, Substance Misuse Program, Sydney West Aboriginal Health Service, Sydney