Rob Poole

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Rob Poole is Professor of Social Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Society at Bangor University. He worked as an NHS community psychiatrist for 21 years, in Liverpool and later North Wales. He has long standing clinical and research interests in the interactions between mental illness, substance misuse and social inequality. His current clinical role is in liaison psychiatry, and he works as part of a Pain Management Team. He received the Royal College of Psychiatrists Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.


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The North American Opioid Crisis: how it came about and how to manage it


Rob Poole explores the recently published Stanford-Lancet Commission report on the North American Opioid Crisis, which aims to understand the opioid crisis, propose solutions to the crisis in the USA and Canada, and attempt to stop its spread internationally.

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Prescription drug misuse in women: US review inconclusive


Rob Poole writes his debut elf blog on a recent systematic review of trends in prescription drug misuse among women, which finds a mixed and complex picture with few conclusive findings.

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