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Substance misuse 

Substance misuse
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Substance misuse
Author(s):

David Semple

and Roger Smyth

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198795551.003.0014
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date: 20 August 2019

This chapter defines substance abuse. Splitting up alcohol and other drugs, although recognizing that alcohol is a drug in its own right, it covers dependence, screening, assessment, planning treatment, management of withdrawal, and plans for maintaining abstinence. Also covering tobacco, illegal drugs, and novel psychotropic substances, substitute prescribing, and legal issues, this chapter has a table of street slang associated with drug misuse to aid the reader.

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