Prescribing in prison: complexities and considerations
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Prescribing in prison: complexities and considerations

Amanda Phillips Lead nurse, Isle of Man Prison Healthcare, Isle of Man

Prescribing in prison is challenging because of environmental constraints, drug-seeking behaviour and the potential for drug trafficking. Risk management is, therefore, a fundamental part of the non-medical prescriber’s role as he or she attempts to balance health needs with security requirements. This article highlights the need for an insightful, yet impartial, approach to prescribing for offenders.

Nursing Standard. 28, 21,46-50. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.01.28.21.46.e8434

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 14 October 2013

Accepted: 28 October 2013