Toxicology of drug abuse

M A McGuigan
Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 1984, 2 (1): 87-101
Almost all of the drugs of abuse can be identified in bodily fluids, and attempts should be made to do so. These specific drug assays help to document intoxication but do not aid in the emergency management of an acutely intoxicated patient. There are no specific antidotes for the drugs of abuse; symptomatic, detailed medical care is the cornerstone to the successful management of the patient.

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