Symptoms and Signs of Substance Misuse

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 12, 2002 - Medical - 58 pages
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The misuse of drugs is now so widespread that it affects, either directly or indirectly, a high proportion of the population, impacting upon many areas of daily life. The consequences for individuals, families and the wider community can be devastating. The second edition of this handy pocket-sized reference provides an up-to-date, accessible and authoritative guide to the symptoms and signs of drug misuse and the basic principles of treatment for many of the most commonly encountered substances such as heroine, cocaine, amphetamines, cannabis, alcohol and ecstasy. Any specialist medical terminology used in the book is clearly explained for the lay reader in the glossary, and where appropriate, the legal aspects of substance misuse are highlighted, with reference to the most recent legal statutes, making it an ideal book for medical and non-medical specialists alike.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Methods of administration
2
Harm minimisation and reduction
3
Drugs statutes and legal requirements
4
Medical and health complications of substance misuse
7
Substance detection
10
Summary of information on each drug group
12
Drug group
13
Khat Qat
32
LSD
34
Nitrites
36
Opioids
37
PCP
41
Tobacco
43
Volatile substances
45
Miscellaneous drugs
47

Amphetomines
16
Anabolic steroids
18
Barbiturates
19
Benzodiozepines
20
Cannabis
23
Cocaine
26
Ecstasy and related methylated amphetamines
28
Gammahydroxybuthyrate
30
Ketamine
31
Glossary of medical and street drugrelated terms
48
Bibliography
50
Conversion chart for height
51
Conversion chart for weight
52
Glasgow Coma Score
53
Field impairment testing process Section 4 Road Traffic Act 1988
54
Index
57
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