Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, the large gland behind the stomach that secretes digestive juices into the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) and insulin into the bloodstream. Learn more about pancreatitis by following the Pancreatitis link.
Visit the The Mayo Clinic: Digestive Conditions web site
|Epinephrine Auto-injectors ---
Your EMS service may or may not allow you to help patients self-administer epinephrine to combat allergic reactions or anaphylaxis. In some places, the medical director may authorize you to carry an epinephrine auto-injector. Learn more about the EPIPENŽ epinephrine auto-injector by following the link.
Visit the Allergic Reactions Central web site
|Venomous Snakes ---
Of the approximately 115 different species of snakes in the United States, only 19 are venomous. At least one of these poisonous species is found in every state except Alaska, Hawaii and Maine. You can see pictures of all types of venomous snakes by following the Venomous Snakes link.
Visit the North American Venomous Reptiles web site
|Designer Drugs ---
A designer drug is an analog, a chemical compound that is similar in structure and effect to another drug of abuse but differs slightly in structure. Designer drugs are produced in clandestine laboratories to mimic the psychoactive effects of controlled drugs. Learn more about designer drugs by following the Designer link.
Visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse: Science Based Facts on Drug Abuse and Addiction web site
|Blood Alcohol Concentration ---
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream. It is measured in percentages. For instance, having a BAC of 0.10 percent means that a person has 1 part alcohol per 1,000 parts blood in the body. Learn more by following the BAC link.
Visit the ABCs of BAC web site
|Inhalant Abuse ---
Many abused inhalants produce several of the same CNS effects as other sedative-hypnotics, but these agents are inhaled instead of being ingested or injected. Some of the more common inhalants are acetone, toluene, xylene, and hexane, which are found in glues, cleaning compounds, paint thinners, and lacquers. Learn more about inhalant abuse by following the Inhalants link.
Visit the National Institute of Drug Abuse: Research Report Series: Inhalant Abuse web site
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