Clinical toxicology focuses on the adverse effects of chemical substances on humans, and the treatments that are available once exposure to toxins (produced naturally by an organism) or toxicants (including man-made substances) has been diagnosed.

This module offers concise summaries of commonly abused substances, their effects, and classifications.

Each topic provides learners with foundational knowledge needed to make informed decisions and effectively contribute to addressing substance abuse challenges.

The structure of the module includes the following:

  1. A description of the broad categorization of controlled substances and their schedules based on medical use and abuse potential.
  2. A discussion of specific substances including alcohol, marijuana, opioids, stimulants, hallucinogens, sedatives, inhalants, and other substances like caffeine, nicotine, and ecstasy.

TOXBASE is an online resource for health professionals in the UK, that provides advice and treatment options when poisoning is suspected. It can be accessed using their health organisation credentials. Toxbase is maintained by the UK's National Poisons Information Service.

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