n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Management of stimulant drug over dose : main article

Volume 25, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



The emergency doctor is often first in the line of fire in dealing with the medical, surgical and psychiatric consequences of chemical substance abuse.

Supportive management will adequately deal with the bulk of illicit substance overdoses, with meticulous attention to the ABCs.
Common confounding variables to the well-delineated clinical pictures described include polypharmacy and alcohol.
Management should include referral to appropriate rehabilitation agencies once the patient is stable.

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