These factsheets, aimed at medical students, cover substance misuse across medical disciplines and include common clinical presentations and management of such within four categories: these are Clinical Presentations; Specialities and Settings; Communication,treatment and prevention interventions; and Distinctive Groups. They were developed for the Substance Misuse in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum project.
This factsheet reviews drug and alcohol use and how it is associated with infectious diseases and covers, viral infections, respiratory infections, acute bacterial infections and sexually transmitted infections.
Drug misuse can result in attendance at Accident and Emergency and may include acute toxicity, injuries and/or psychiatric complications of drug use. This factsheet describes the management of these conditions.
This factsheet includes information on emerging and re-emerging psychoactive drugs known as novel psychoactive substances (NPS), colloquially called “legal highs” and “designer drugs”, and through a case study looks at the potential health harms.