Drugs of Abuse

Drugs of Abuse Course Description & Information:

  • Drugs are usually beneficial for our patients. All drugs can have adverse or unwanted effects, but usually the risks and benefits are considered before decisions to use the medication are made. There are drugs that are used, not for their therapeutic benefit, but because the user desires specific effects considered pleasurable. Not all of these drugs are illicit. Some are everyday items, their use is not considered negative, are commonplace, and are available over-the-counter, and even on the grocery shelf. Some prescription and illicit medications are used for their CNS effects, and many of these induce tolerance, dependence and abuse. How do we decide when the use of drugs is “abuse”? Is tolerance to a drug a bad thing? Is dependence on a drug harmful? This course will consider drugs, both legal and illegal, that have abuse potential in humans, and the effects each has on major CNS neurotransmitters. Not all drugs are beneficial, and not all tolerance- and dependence-inducing drugs are necessarily dangerous. This course will address why these are so, and expand the participant’s understanding of “drugs of abuse”.
  • Pharmacist information: ACPE UAN: 0826-9999-18-003-L01-P, IRD: 3-14-2018. Application based activity.
Course Objectives:

  • Define abuse, tolerance, dependence, addiction, and other terms related to the drugs.
  • Organize the drugs by their general CNS actions.
  • Choose the major neurotransmitter(s) associated with each drug presented.
  • Compare the different origins or sources of presented drugs.
  • Evaluate the relative abuse and addiction potential of presented the drugs.
  • Describe the most common routes of administration of each drug.
  • Defend or criticize the DEA schedule classifications for presented drugs.
  • Choose and relate various street names currently associated with selected drugs.


Course Credit: 3 Contact Hours

Accreditations: View Course Accreditations

Who Should Attend:

Pharmacists, Dietitians, Nursing professionals (nursing pharmacology hours offered), Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy professionals, and other medical professionals.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Full attendance.
  • Completion of course post-test (70%) and evaluation.

How to Take a Live Online Seminar: View Tutorial

09/14/2018 Drugs of Abuse 8:30 - 11:30 AM CDT
Price: $52 (or Free with Membership)
09/14/2018 Drugs of Abuse 8:30 - 11:30 AM CDT

Not able to attend? On-demand will be available 6-1-18