Steve Johnston
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 8, Iss. 1, 11 Jan 2016, pp 36 - 40

'Legal highs' are responsible for increasing public mortality and A&E admissions.
Research into these products are limited and prolonged processes. New legislations
being enforced are potentially leading to new chemicals being manufactured and
released for sale with no approved research of known effects. Front-line clinicians
are untrained and unfamiliar with the effects of these new drugs and are limited in
their practice to symptomatic treatment. This study intends to introduce the idea of
a researched and referenced 'Legal high' guide through the medium of an 'app' or
pocket guide for clinician education, safety netting and improved patient care.
This article is an amended version of the winning poster entry of the UK Student
Paramedic Conference 2015.

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