"How High Do They Look?"

Identification and Treatment of Common Ingestions in Adolescents

Teri Moser Woo, PhD, RN, ARNP, CNL, CPNP, FAANP; James R. Hanley, MD, FAAP, Elizabeth Farrington, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, BCPS, Brady S. Moffett, PharmD, MPH


J Pediatr Health Care. 2013;27(2):135-144. 

In This Article

Implications for Practice

Pediatric health care providers play a crucial part in preventing, identifying, and treating ingestions in adolescents. Assessing for and discussing the use of illicit substances at well-child visits allows the pediatric provider to open the discussion regarding the dangers of ingesting substances not meant for human consumption (e.g., Spice or bath salts) and/or purchased via the Internet. A high index of suspicion for use of easily accessible illicit substances will lead to early identification and treatment of toxicity. Familiarity with substances available in your area and clinical judgment may play a life-saving role through rapid recognition and management, because clinically useful diagnostic screens are not available for many of these substances at this time.