The Medical Guide


Medical Terms and Glossary

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MDMA Class A Drug.
Use can lead to overheating and dehydration if users dance without taking breaks or sipping non-alcoholic fluids. This can be fatal.
Drinking a pint of liquid every hour and eating a salty snack from time to time are advised. Users can feel tired and depressed for a few days after use.
Ecstasy use has been linked to mental health problems, and liver, kidney and brain damage.
Magic Mushrooms Class A Drug.
Stomach pains, sickness and diarrhoea. Poisoning by eating wrong kind of mushroom by mistake. Can complicate mental illnesses.
Measles Measles is an acute viral illness spread by infected respiratory droplets. Symptoms, after a ten-day incubation period, can include corzya, conjunctivitis, bronchitis, Koplik spots, rash and fever.
Measles is a ‘notifiable’ disease, meaning that doctors are required by law to report suspected cases.
A vaccine against measles exists and since 1988 has been administered as part of the combined MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.
Meningitis C The UK was the first country to introduce the meningitis C conjugate (MenC) vaccine. Since 1999, the MenC vaccine has been part of the routine childhood immunisation programme and uptake levels have been close to 90%.
Methadone If possessed without a prescription or supplied illegally, classified as Class A Drug.
Drug overdose, possibly leading to coma or death, if taken by someone not used to the drug.
Methadone should only be taken as part of a prescribed and supervised programme to treat addiction to opiate drugs, especially heroin.
Methamphetamine Methamphetamine is a form of amphetamine and currently sits within Class B, unless prepared for injection when it becomes Class A Drug.
The drug can cause disturbing hallucinations and make the user extremely paranoid.
One of the nastier and most common hallucinations is 'speed bugs' or 'crank bugs' where users think bugs are crawling under their skin and go frantic trying to get them out.
Regular use is linked to lung and kidney disorders. Coming off the drug can lead to severe depression and suicidal urges.
Mitsubishi Turbo Class A Drug.
PMA affects the body's temperature control and as it is stronger than Ecstasy the risk of overheating is much greater.
Users require immediate help if they feel their temperature soaring on the dance floor and anyone with a heart condition, blood pressure problems, epilepsy or asthma can have a very dangerous reaction to the drug.
Frequent use can also bring on paranoia and depression.
Mogadon If possessed without a prescription or supplied illegally, classified as Class C Drug.
Relieves anxiety and tension. Calms users and slows them down. High doses can make users drowsy and forgetful. Dangerous mixed with alcohol or other drugs.
Regular use can damage short term memory and reduce energy. Almost all tranquillisers are addictive. Withdrawal symptoms include depression, insomnia and panic attacks.
Mumps Mumps is an acute viral illness characterised by swelling of the parotid glands, which may be unilateral or bilateral. It can cause permanent unilateral deafness at any age.
The incubation period is 14-21 days. Before vaccination, mumps was a common cause of viral meningitis.

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