Clinical Tools

Clinical tools and protocols guide the management of patients who present for health care while experiencing intoxication or withdrawal. There are a number of evidence-informed resources to support person-centered clinical decision making in these situations.

Cracks in the Ice is an online toolkit providing trusted, evidence-based, and up-to-date information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (ice) for the Australian community.

  • Guidelines for health professionals – Click here
    This site contains protocols and guidelines for direct care providers, including Emergency Departments, Paramedics, Primary Care and Police, as well as assessment, responding to challenging situations, and managing withdrawal.
  • Acute presentation related to methamphetamine use: Clinical guideline for adults and adolescents – Click here
    This guideline aims to promote best practice management of patients presenting to Emergency Departments or equivalent settings with disturbed behaviour or medical conditions which are probably related to the use of methamphetamine or related substances.

The Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) developed six national guidance documents that address the urgent needs of people who use substances, as well as service providers and decision makers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The six documents are available in both English and French on CRISM’s COVID-19 page.

Check back as more resources are developed and added.