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Care for patients with methamphetamine intoxication in the emergency department

CPD Hours



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Critical care and emergency nursing
Mental health


Use of methamphetamines in Australia has been increasing over the past decade resulting in an increase in methamphetamine related emergency department presentations and demand for drug and alcohol treatment services across the country.

For healthcare professionals working in the emergency department, the acute behavioural changes associated with methamphetamine use can be challenging.

This module explains the mechanism of action of methamphetamine and symptoms of intoxication. It then  discusses the treatment and post-acute care.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Describe the properties and effects of methamphetamine.
  • Identify the risk factors for methamphetamine induced psychosis.
  • Know the options available for management of behavioural disturbances.
  • Know generally the types of post-acute care options available.

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