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Prescription Medication Misuse and Abuse

Course Number: CR-541
Course Length: 1 Day (7.5 Hours)

Nationwide, it is estimated that 55% of Americans regularly take prescription medications. Approximately 23 million abuse and need treatment for substance abuse. Further, the number of DUI offenders arrested as the result of using prescription medications continues to rise. This workshop will explore how prescription drugs are approved, drug types and schedules, dosing and delivery, drug tampering, types and methods of abuse, pain and its treatment with opioids and non-opioid drugs, the various categories of prescription medications being abused, why they are increasingly being abused, how they affect driving skill and the historical methods used to control their use. Topics include scheduled and non-scheduled drugs, pain medication abuse, depressant and stimulant abuse, effects of combinations of prescription drugs with other substances, the effects of “medical marijuana”, special problems with children and older adults, routes of administration and the different effects from the same drug, drug delivery methods, and fatalities resulting from prescription drug abuse. The use of non-prescription drugs to augment the desired effects of, and/or eliminate the side effects of, legal and illegal drugs will be discussed. A growing problem which is largely misunderstood and frequently ignored, "medicines" are surpassing illegal substances in abuse, deaths and impaired driving incidents.

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