14. Nursing Emergencies and Care in Addiction

  1. Professor G. Hussein Rassool PhD, MSc, BA, FRSPH, ILTM Cert. Ed., Cert. Couns., Cert. Director Visiting Professor Formerly Senior Lecturer1,2,3

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch14

Addiction for Nurses

Addiction for Nurses

How to Cite

Rassool, G. H. (2010) Nursing Emergencies and Care in Addiction, in Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departamento de Psiquiatria e Ciências Humanas da Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

  2. 2

    Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, Centre for Addiction Studies, St George's University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187466

Online ISBN: 9781444327816



  • nursing emergencies and care in addiction;
  • risks of alcohol and drug intoxication;
  • use of combination of alcohol - with other psychoactive drug, risk of death by overdose and long-term consequences;
  • nursing interventions in acute intoxication;
  • acute intoxication, in persons having - persistent alcohol- or drug-related problems;
  • nursing interventions in drug overdose;
  • unexpected effects of psychoactive substances;
  • Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD 2000) report - reducing drug-related deaths;
  • nursing interventions in drug overdose;
  • opiate users, prone to accidental overdose - overestimating their own tolerance, or unaware of potency of drug used


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Acute intoxication

  • Risks of alcohol and drug intoxication

  • Nursing interventions in acute intoxication

  • Overdose of psychoactive substances

  • Nursing interventions in drug overdose

  • References