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Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University. [National Treatment Agency (UK)] (2011) A summary of the health harms of drugs. London: Department of Health & National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. 81 p.

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This publication is an update on the 2003 guide ‘Dangerousness of drugs’, which outlines the acute and chronic health problems associated with each commonly used substance in the UK. It has been has been independently peer reviewed by a range of UK-based and international experts on each licit and illicit drug. In addition, it has been reviewed by a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians and policy experts at the Department of Health and at the NTA.

The report outlines acute and chronic problems associated with each substance, as well as:
* Factors that mediate or moderate the risk
* Potential health risks linked to substances commonly added to illicit drugs
* The influence of different circumstances of use, e.g poly-substance abuse

This essential guide for drug and alcohol treatment professionals provides the most up to date scientific evidence on the health harms arising from licit and illicit substance misuse. The update includes new drugs since the guide was last published, such as novel synthetic drugs and takes a more in-depth look at the potential harms of using more than one drug and the adulterants commonly added to illegal drugs.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Cannabis, Alcohol or other drugs in general, Inhalents and solvents, CNS stimulants, Alcohol, Prescription/Over the counter, Tobacco, CNS depressants, Opioid, Cocaine
Intervention Type:AOD disorder
Source:National Treatment Agency (UK)
Pages:81 p.
Publisher:Department of Health & National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
Corporate Creators:Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University
Place of Publication:London
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Related URLs:
Subjects:B Substances > Alcohol
B Substances > Cannabis / Marijuana
G Health and disease > State of health
B Substances > CNS stimulants > Khat
B Substances > Hallucinogens
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
B Substances > Steroids of abuse
B Substances > Hallucinogens > Mushrooms
B Substances > Cocaine
B Substances > Inhalants and solvents
B Substances > Sedatives or tranquillisers (CNS depressants)
B Substances > CNS stimulants
B Substances > CNS stimulants > Amphetamines
B Substances > Drugs and alcohol in general
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)
E Concepts in biomedical areas > General life processes (physiology)

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