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Illicit Drug History

 
 
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Overview

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    • Whether the patient takes any recreational drugs
    • How long they have been taking the drug for
    • How often they take the drug
    • Whether they have injected drugs
    • Past attempts to quit
    • Willingness to cut down or stop

IV Drug Use

    • Ask About

    • What drug they inject
    • Where they get their needles from
    • Whether they have tried to quit
    • How they tried to quit - methadone / suboxone program, cold turkey
    • Consequences of IV Drug Use

    • Blood-borne viral infections - hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV
    • Bacterial septicaemia
    • Infective endocarditis - especially right-sided (tricuspid) disease
    • Cutaneous infection - skin abscess, cellulitis, necrotising fasciitis
    • Venous damage - superficial thrombophlebitis, deep venous thrombosis
Last updated on November 14th, 2017
 
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