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Injecting drug use 

Injecting drug use
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Injecting drug use
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10.1093/med/9780198714750.003.0018
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date: 14 December 2018

Many different drugs are injected by members of the public for their psychoactive effect. Chapter 18 of Addiction Medicine addresses the range of complications that can come from injecting drug use, and their management and prevention. Overdose prevention and management is described. The chapter describes approaches to diagnosing, assessing, monitoring, and treating viral hepatitis. Other medical complications of injecting drug use are covered, including direct trauma, local, distant, or systemic infections (including bacterial or fungal), and embolism. The chapter briefly describes the psychological and social complications of injecting drug use, particularly when use is associated with dependence on an illicit drug, and potential marginalization and criminalization.

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