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Dr. Donald Barceloux, a member of the American College of Medical Toxicology, has
published a comprehensive reference book entitled 'Medical Toxicology of Drug Abuse:
Synthesized Chemicals and Psychoactive Plants'. This textbook provides detailed information
on common and emerging substances of abuse, and is a critical resource to healthcare
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) November 13, 2012 -- 'Medical Toxicology of Drug Abuse: Synthesized Chemicals
and Psychoactive Plants' is the second book in a series by a member of the American College of Medical
Toxicology (ACMT), Donald G. Barceloux, M.D. This reference work follows his first textbook, which
focused on the use and harm from natural substances such as poison mushrooms and snakes. Dr. Barceloux’s
current work is a comprehensive and evidence-based resource that provides the reader with clinical, analytical,
and forensic information on current drugs of abuse including cathinones (found in “bath salts”) and synthetic
cannabinoids (found in incense and “Spice”).
The variety of substances to which patients intentionally expose themselves in order to get high continues to
increase. Health care providers may find it difficult to keep up with current trends in drug abuse and with the
symptoms and complications that may result from using newer agents. 'Medical Toxicology of Drug Abuse'
provides detailed information on various natural, synthetic, and semisynthetic abused substances. The text
discusses the chemical properties of these substances, how they are used and absorbed into the body, the signs
and symptoms that occur following their use, how to test for these substances, and current management
recommendations when treating patients who have become ill following use or overdose. The book includes
information on various stimulant agents, popular club drugs, and supplements such as anabolic steroids,
clenbuterol, erythropoietin and HCG.
One section focuses on psychoactive plants and includes discussion of plants that are used for both recreational
and medicinal purposes, such as kratom and marijuana. There is information on drugs of abuse that are derived
from plants, such as cocaine. Caffeine and nicotine are also discussed in this section, as are the potentially toxic
components of betel quid, areca nut, and khat. Information on the hallucinogenic substance found in
mushrooms and in the peyote cactus completes the section.
Overall, the text is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn more information about the wide variety
of psychoactive substances that may be used and abused.
ACMT is a professional, nonprofit association of physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology.
The College is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of medical toxicology through a variety of