Many physicians have never treated patients addicted to heroin or other injection
drugs, according to Robert Lubran, M.S., M.P.A., Director
of the Division of Pharmacologic Therapies at SAMHSA's Center
for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). As a result, they may
miss key signs of drug abuse.
To help physicians and other health care professionals make
accurate diagnoses, CSAT developed a new tool, Classifying
Skin Lesions of Injection Drug Users: A Method for Corroborating
Disease Risk. The publication-a series of laminated photocards
grouped together by a metal ring-helps health care professionals
determine whether lesions are the result of recent injection
drug use, past use, or some other cause.
To order a free copy, contact SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse
for Alcohol and Drug Information at P.O. Box 2345, Rockville,
MD 20847-2345. Telephone: 1 (800) 729-6686 (English and Spanish)
or (301) 468-2600; TDD 1 (800) 487-4889. Or visit SAMHSA's
Web site, www.csat.samhsa.gov.