The misuse of both legally prescribed and illegally supplied drugs is now so widespread that it affects, either directly or indirectly, a high proportion of the population, impacting many areas of daily life. There are few countries that are not touched by some aspect of substance misuse and the consequences for individuals, families and the wider community can be devastating.
The third edition of Symptoms and Signs of Substance Misuse has been completely updated and revised, continuing to provide trusted information from leading experts.
With specialist information clearly explained along with a full glossary, this handy pocket-sized book is essential for all health professionals needing a concise and up-to-date overview of the signs and symptoms of substance misuse as well as the management and treatment options available. Junior hospital doctors, emergency department staff, primary care teams, community workers and counsellors will find this text invaluable. The book is also an excellent resource for police officers as well as a quick reference guide for professionals involved in setting up and managing drug and alcohol policies in organisations and businesses.
Routes of administration
Harm reduction and minimisation
Drugs, statutes and legal requirements
The medical and health complications of substance misuse
Suspected internal drug traffickers: drug stuffers and mules
Aminoindanes, indoles and benzofurans
γ-Hydroxybutyrate and related compounds
Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment of Alcohol Scale, revised (CIWA-Ar)
Alcohol assessment questionnaires: Brief MAST, CAGE and AUDIT
Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale