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Drug misuse

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Hill, Emeritus Professor Simon Thomas


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© 2024. While the misuse of traditional drugs remains common, the emergence of new psychoactive substances (NPS) has changed the landscape of drug misuse in recent years. Although hundreds of NPS have been identified, opioids, including new synthetic examples, still dominate mortality. The exact substances causing toxicity are often unknown on presentation, and multiple exposures are commonly involved. Management is therefore based on a recognition of the drug group(s) involved by identifying the clinical toxidrome. Depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, cannabinoids and dissociatives represent the most frequently identified drug toxidromes.

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Author(s): Henderson FJ, Hill SL, Thomas SH

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Medicine

Year: 2024

Pages: Epub ahead of print

Online publication date: 29/04/2024

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 1357-3039

ISSN (electronic): 1878-9390

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.mpmed.2024.03.006