Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1/1475
Title: Amphetamine-type-substance-related presentations to the Emergency Department Mental Health Team of a local health district in Australia
Authors: Chivaurah, Bernard M ;Lienert, David ;Coates, Dominiek 
Affliation: Central Coast Local Health District
Wyong Hospital
Issue Date: May-2019
Source: 27(4):369-373
Journal title: Australasian Psychiatry
Department: Emergency
Psychiatry
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: To identify the prevalence and profile of amphetamine-type-substance-related presentations to the Emergency Department Mental Health Team of a local health district in Australia. METHODS: Data was collected from medical records of all amphetamine-type-substance presentations to the Emergency Department Mental Health Team over a 1-year period, between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015. RESULTS: Of all presentations referred to the Emergency Department Mental Health Team, 0.15% ( N = 189) were amphetamine-type-substance related. Of these, the majority were male, the average age was 32, 19.0% engaged in intravenous drug use, some were aggressive and 15.9% required tranquilisation. The most common presenting issues were psychosis and suicidal threats, intent and behaviour (including intentional overdose). Multiple comorbid conditions were identified. On discharge, 34.4% were admitted into a psychiatric hospital and 32.8% were referred to Community Mental health teams. CONCLUSIONS: Amphetamine-type-substance users suffer from multiple comorbidities and pose a significant burden on emergency services.
URI: https://elibrary.cclhd.health.nsw.gov.au/cclhdjspui/handle/1/1475
DOI: 10.1177/1039856219848836
Pubmed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31081337
ISSN: 1039-8562
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Mental Health
Emergency Department
Drug and Alcohol
Psychiatry
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