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Activity Dates: 05/08/2020 - 04/30/2023

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Target Audience

This course is designed for pharmacists, nurse practitioners or other health care professionals involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients.

Session Summary

Psychiatric and neurologic pharmacists are frequently asked about evaluating toxicological test results. Unfortunately, post-mortem medication levels do not correlate with those observed in living individuals. This requires additional knowledge about what fluids and/or tissues should be tested based on the suspected substance. This program will provide an overview of the challenges of post-mortem/forensic toxicology, while also reviewing established references, and the challenges of detecting novel psychoactive substances.

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

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  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (sign in first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (sign in first)
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date. (sign in first)
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (sign in first)

Upon successful completion, ACPE credit is reported within 24 hours to CPE Monitor although transcripts can be retrieved by participants online in their ACPE Transcript.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Robert A. Middleberg, PhD, F-ABFT, DABCC-TC

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Learning Objectives

  1. Identify forensic toxicology screening tools for psychiatric medications and substances.
  2. Explain common post-mortem pharmacokinetic changes to medication levels in various sample types.
  3. Discuss the difficulties in staying current with the laboratory-based detection of novel psychoactive substances.
  4. Discuss the limitations of published literature on forensic pharmacokinetics.


Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 05/08/2020 - 04/30/2023
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-20-038-H01-P (Knowledge)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.