How much do you know about drugs? I recently shadowed a junior doctor on a busy medical ward. Several patients were users, but the doctor seemed at a loss to know how to deal with these patients' problems. Everyone was relieved when the drug team worker arrived and suggested how best to manage them.
People who use drugs need to be aware of the risks that they take, but health professionals too need access to independent, high quality, and up to date information to be able to advise patients.
“Drugs are illegal; talking about them isn't,” says www.talktofrank.com-and the approach is brutally frank. Although this site is primarily designed to offer advice to young people, it is a good starting point for health professionals. The A to Z of drugs is both comprehensive and informative; did you know amyl nitrate-“poppers”-burn the skin? The site also has a confidential email service