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Emergency Management of Selected Drugs of Abuse
Product Code: 505000
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Emergency physicians are challenged every day by patients presenting as a result of abused substances. Stimulants, narcotics, sedatives, hallucinogens, as well as newer agents and commonly abused herbs, plants, and volatile substances are implicated in many patient presentations.
Time is of the essence when you need to make a diagnosis and start treatment. This book is a uniquely designed quick reference on commonly abused drugs and substances, their physical and clinical effects, and their diagnosis and management. A color-coded "road map" feature is included to give you quick access to pertinent information, even if the type of ingestion is unclear.
This book is designed to save you time—but it doesn't stop there! It provides useful information about the origins of these substances and their impact on society. Read further into each chapter to learn more about the pharmacology and pathophysiology, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and emergency department management for specific stimulants, narcotics and opiates, sedative-hypnotics, herbs and plants, hallucinogens, volatile substances, and newer agents.
An appendix provides an extensive alphabetical list of street names for abused drugs, and each chapter also contains the more common street names of those drugs and substances discussed within the chapter.
"Emergency Management of Selected Drugs of Abuse is an excellent addition to the emergency medicine literature. It is the first book on substance abuse written specifically for emergency physicians. At this time, it stands as the best available text for the emergency physician who needs to rapidly locate information on abused substances. This book will make an excellent addition to the library of any ED or to the reading collection of any emergency medicine residency." —Annals of Emergency Medicine, June 2001
A General Approach to the Emergency Management of Suspected Drug or Substance Abuse
Section I: STIMULANTS
Chapter 1: Amphetamines
Chapter 2: Methamphetamines
Chapter 3: Cocaine
Chapter 4: Over-the-Counter Sympathomimetics
Chapter 5: Caffeine
Section II: NARCOTICS/OPIATES
Chapter 6: Morphine
Chapter 7: Heroin
Chapter 8: Codeine, Oxycodone, Meperidine, Hydrocodone
Chapter 9: Methadone and LAAM
Chapter 10: Fentanyl and Analogs
Chapter 11: Propoxyphene
Section III: SEDATIVE-HYPNOTICS
Chapter 12: Benzodiazepines
Chapter 13: Rohypnol
Section IV: HERBS AND PLANTS
Chapter 14: Herbs
Chapter 15: Aconite
Chapter 16: Jimson Weed
Chapter 17: Khat
Chapter 18: Morning Glory
Section V: HALLUCINOGENS
Chapter 19: LSD
Chapter 20: Marijuana
Chapter 21: Mescaline and Peyote
Chapter 22: Mushrooms
Chapter 23: PCP
Section VI: VOLATILE SUBSTANCES
Chapter 24: Volatile Substances
Section VII: NEWER, OTHER AGENTS
Chapter 25: GHB
Chapter 26: Ketamine
Section VIII: STREET NAMES
Appendix: Street Terminology for Common Drugs of Abuse
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carson R. Harris, MD, FACEP.
Dr. Harris is senior staff attending and director of toxicology education at the Regions Hospital emergency medicine residency program in St. Paul, Minnesota, and director of the clinical toxicology teaching service. He is an assistant professor in the Clinical Emergency Medicine Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a clinical assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is also a toxicology consultant for the Minnesota Poison Control system.
Dr. Harris has a bachelor's degree in biology and earned his MD degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He interned at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, while in the US Army and completed his emergency medicine residency training at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. He completed a preceptorship in medical toxicology in 1991 and is a board-certified emergency physician. Dr. Harris was called to active duty for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the Persian Gulf War and was stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center as faculty for emergency medicine. He also served during Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia as chief of emergency medicine services at Heidelberg, Germany. He has since retired from the US Army Reserves at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Dr. Harris and his wife, Maren, a marriage and family therapist, reside in Eagan, Minnesota, and have three children, a son, Drew, and daughters, Taylor and Whitney.