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Vol 63, No 4 (2012)
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Published online: 2013-02-01
Submitted: 2013-02-18
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Seafarer with hyperactivity disorder on amphetamine

Eilif Dahl
International Maritime Health 2012;63(4):204-206.

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Vol 63, No 4 (2012)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2013-02-01
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract

A general practitioner decided that a first-time Scandinavian seafarer with hyperactivity disorder, reasonably well-regulated on dextroamphetamine, was fit for unrestricted work at sea. Carrying amphetamine across US borders is drug smuggling, and when the cruise ship could not supply his medication from local ports, his behaviour became so erratic that he had to be signed off. Doctors providing medical fitness certificates for work at sea must understand the special requirements of seafaring life, know details about medicine use restrictions aboard, and be familiar with international import bans and national prescription regulations for controlled substances.

Abstract

A general practitioner decided that a first-time Scandinavian seafarer with hyperactivity disorder, reasonably well-regulated on dextroamphetamine, was fit for unrestricted work at sea. Carrying amphetamine across US borders is drug smuggling, and when the cruise ship could not supply his medication from local ports, his behaviour became so erratic that he had to be signed off. Doctors providing medical fitness certificates for work at sea must understand the special requirements of seafaring life, know details about medicine use restrictions aboard, and be familiar with international import bans and national prescription regulations for controlled substances.
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Keywords

cruise ship medicine; pre-employment medical examination; attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder ADHD; dextroamphetamine

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Title

Seafarer with hyperactivity disorder on amphetamine

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 63, No 4 (2012)

Article type

Original article

Pages

204-206

Published online

2013-02-01

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2012;63(4):204-206.

Keywords

cruise ship medicine
pre-employment medical examination
attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder ADHD
dextroamphetamine

Authors

Eilif Dahl

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