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The Impact of Cannabis Use on the Dosage of Antipsychotic Drugs in Patients Admitted on the Psychiatric Ward at the University Hospital of the West Indies

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wijmopen.2014.259
Pages: 
23–7
Synopsis: 
Male cannabis users presenting with psychotic disorders may not achieve optimal therapeutic benefit within seven days of chlorpromazine equivalent doses ≤ 300 mg.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To assess the impact of cannabis use on the efficacy of antipsychotic drugs in male subjects presenting to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) with psychotic episodes.

Accepted: 
October 27, 2014
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A Comparison of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in Male Offenders in Jamaica and England and Wales

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimjopen.2014.258
Pages: 
36–40
Synopsis: 
Approximately 18% of males in the Jamaican prison population have a mental illness, with substance abuse being the most frequently diagnosed.

ABSTRACT

Background: The present study sought to determine the prevalence of substance abuse, mental illness, sociodemographics and clinical characteristics of mentally ill offenders. These data were compared to data from the prison population in the United Kingdom.

Accepted: 
October 27, 2014
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Gamma-hydroxybutyrate Withdrawal in Jamaica – A Case Report

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimjopen.2014.263
Pages: 
49–51

ABSTRACT

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) use became more prominent during the 1990s in various parts of the developed world. To date, no case of GHB use has been identified in Jamaica, though this drug is frequently used in other parts of the world at “raves” and other parties characterized by elaborate lights and fast-paced music. Here, a case of a 30-year old visitor to Jamaica is presented, highlighting the typical features of GHB withdrawal and the ease with which this party drug can be imported into the country.

Accepted: 
October 27, 2014
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