Dr Carole Hunter, BSc, BA, MSc, DASR, MRPharmS, is the Lead Pharmacist, Addiction Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Carole's pharmacy degree was obtained at Robert Gordon's in Aberdeen in 1978. She has extensive experience in community pharmacy in Scotland and England and owned her own pharmacy for 10 years in the 1990s. During that time she established one of the area's first pharmacy needle exchanges. In 2003 she succeeded Kay Roberts as Area Pharmacy Specialist in Drug Misuse for NHS Greater Glasgow. Since 1990 she has been a Doping Control Officer with the UK Antidoping programme and has been a member of the drug testing teams at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010 and the recent London Olympics. In Dec 2009 she was appointed to the Scottish Government’s Drug Strategy Delivery Commission. She is a member of the national Drug Death Forum and currently chairs the national naloxone advisory group and the Scottish Specialist Pharmacists in Substance Misuse group.
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The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has soared to the highest level in the EU. We know which strategies can tackle this crisis — we should be using them.
July 2017 saw publication of the fourth edition of ‘Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management’, also known as the Orange Book, which provides guidance that supports healthcare professionals in the field of dependence on illicit and licit medicines. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of this online-only update and what the changes mean for practice.
Pharmacist Carole Hunter, a doping control officer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July 2014, explains her part in trying to rid sport of performance-enhancing drugs.