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Irish General Practitioner (GP) Perspectives Toward Decriminalisation, Legalisation and Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes (CTP)

van Hout, MC and Collins, C and Delargy, I and Crowley, D (2016) Irish General Practitioner (GP) Perspectives Toward Decriminalisation, Legalisation and Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes (CTP). International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 15 (3). pp. 670-683. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Cannabis is the most prevalent illicit drug used globally. Regulatory debate in Ireland on the decriminalisation of cannabis and legalisation for therapeutic purposes (CTP) is on-going. The study aimed to investigate Irish general practitioner (GP) attitudes toward decriminalisation of cannabis and assess levels of support for CTP. An online survey was administered to all GPs in the Irish College of General Practitioner (ICGP) database. A content analysis was conducted on open-ended survey questions, with five themes emerging. GPs were concerned around early onset of use and intergenerational impacts, vulnerabilities to drug induced psychosis, patient self-medication with cannabis and potential for misuse of prescribed cannabis. The study reflects concerns around the mental health consequences of cannabis use and potential for misuse in the event of legalisation, and the need for product regulation and an enhanced evidence base to support treatment decision making. Further research and medical education is warranted. © 2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11469-016-9710-2
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health And Health Services, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2017 11:21
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2017 11:21
DOI or Identification number: 10.1007/s11469-016-9710-2
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7642

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