Genoa Neuropsychiatric Pharmacy Learning Module: Substance Abuse

At the end of this program, the participant should be able to:

  1. Identify signs and symptoms of acute intoxication, acute withdrawal, and chronic dependency associated with the use of the following drugs of abuse:
    1. Alcohol
    2. Opiates (pain medications, heroin)
    3. Nicotine
    4. Cocaine
    5. Stimulants (Methamphetamines)
    6. Inhalants
    7. Marijuana
  2. Describe the pharmacologic properties and pharmacokinetic parameters for drug therapies used in the treatment of substance use disorders.
  3. Select appropriate pharmacotherapy (agent, dose, duration of therapy) for substance use disorders based on current practice guidelines.
  4. Develop a monitoring plan that includes assessment of efficacy, and evaluation for adverse effects, drug interactions, and toxicity given a patient undergoing treatment for a substance use disorder,
  5. Compose a management strategy given a specific drug-related problem in a patient with a substance use disorder.
  6. Develop a plan to provide appropriate patient education for substance use disorders