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Recreational drug use and overdose
Poisoning - acute guidelines for initial management
For 24 hour advice, contact the Poisons Information Centre 13 11 26
Presentations due to acute toxicity are rare, but may include short-lived confusion, hallucinations or falls as a result of temporary ataxia. Pneumothorax may rarely occur as the result of forceful inhalation
MRI Brain and/or Spine may demonstrate demyelination
Nerve conduction studies may demonstrate impaired signal transmission
Consult with Toxicology via the Victorian Poisons Information Centre (13 11 26)
Admission to hospital is required if a patient is unable to walk independently or has evidence of haematological or psychiatric sequelae
Children require care beyond the comfort level of the current hospital
For emergency advice and paediatric or neonatal ICU transfers, see Retrieval Services.
Parent Information: Poisoning prevention for children
Prevention of poisoning (Victorian Poisons Information Centre)
Poisons Information Centre: phone 13 11 26
Poisons Information Centre
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): Victorian government mental health services are region-based
Orygen Youth Health: Specialist mental health services for people aged 15 – 25 years, residing in the western and north-western regions of metropolitan Melbourne. Triage/intake - 1800 888 320.
Headspace: National Youth Mental Health Foundation with local headspace centresYSAS (Youth Support and Advocacy Service): Outreach teams across Melbourne and regional Victoria for young people experiencing significant problems with alcohol and/or drug use
YoDAA: Victoria’s Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice service - provides information and support for youth AOD needs or anyone concerned about a young person
Infoxchange Service Seeker: Search for local community support services eg local doctor, dentist, counselling services, drug and alcohol services.
Last updated February 2021