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Substance abuse in young patients with type 1 diabetes: easily neglected in complex medical management

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The use of recreational drugs has become increasingly popular among young people. As a centre caring for a large group of young patients with type 1 diabetes, we have become concerned about the number of patients presenting with drug-related metabolic problems. We present a case series highlighting the issues of substance abuse in young patients with type 1 diabetes. (Intern Med J 2005; 35: 359–361)

Keywords: comorbidity; diabetes mellitus; ecstasy; ketamine; substance abuse

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Diabetes and Endocrinology 2: Gastroenterology, Royal Melbourne Hospital 3: Drug and Alcohol Services, Western Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: 2005-06-01

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