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Symptoms and Signs of Substance Misuse, Third Edition

By Margaret Stark, Jason Payne-James, Michael Scott-Ham

CRC Press – 2014 – 154 pages

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Description

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.

  • Basic principles of treatment for the most commonly encountered substances—from tobacco and alcohol to cocaine and heroin, as well as 'designer' drugs
  • The legal aspects of substance misuse highlighted throughout
  • Convenient A-Z format helps you find information at a glance
  • References and further reading direct you to more authoritative information about each substance

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.

Contents

Introduction

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

Substance detection

Specific drugs

Alcohol

Aminoindanes, indoles and benzofurans

Amphetamine-type stimulants

Anabolic steroids

Barbiturates

Benzodiazepines

Cannabis

Cocaine

Ecstasy

γ-Hydroxybutyrate and related compounds

Ketamine

Khat

LSD

Nitrites

Opiates/opioids

Phencyclidine

Phenethylamines

Piperazines

Synthetic cannabinoids

Synthetic cathinones

Tobacco

Tryptamines

Volatile substances

‘Z’ drugs

Appendices

Glossary

Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment of Alcohol Scale, revised (CIWA-Ar)

Alcohol assessment questionnaires: Brief MAST, CAGE and AUDIT

Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale

Further reading/resources

Index

Author Bio

Margaret Stark LLM MSc (Med Ed), FFFLM, FACBS, FHEA, FACLM, FRCP, DGM, DMJ, DAB

Consultant Forensic Physician; Director of the Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit, NSW Police Force, Sydney, Australia; Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine of The University of Sydney; Founding Academic Dean of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London

Jason Payne-James LLM, MSc, FFFLM, FFSSoc, FRCS(Ed & Eng), DFM Mediator

Jason Payne-James qualified in medicine in 1980 at the University of London. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Cameron Forensic Medical Sciences, Barts & the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, UK. He is external Consultant to the UK National Crime Agency. He has been a Forensic Medical Examiner for the Metropolitan Police Service for over two decades. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine. Forensic medicine clinical and research interests include healthcare of detainees, deaths, harm and near misses in custody, drugs and alcohol.

Michael Scott-Ham BSc, MFSSoc

Consultant Forensic Toxicologist; Committee Member of the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists, Member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, Member of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Director of Principal Forensic Toxicology and Drugs Consultancy Ltd., London and Director of Principal Forensic Services Ltd, London

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Description: By Margaret Stark, Jason Payne-James, Michael Scott-Ham. 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...
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