Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This courses examines the serious public health problem of prescription drug abuse.  It includes a discussion of commonly abused drugs, trends and risk factors, and treating prescription drug addiction.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

Find the reading at:  http://www.freestatesocialwork.com/articles/prescriptiondrugrrs_11_14.pdf

Publisher:  National Institute on Drug Abuse

US Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

Program Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to prescription drugs and abuse.

Learning Objectives:  Identify the three classes of medications that are most commonly abused.  Describe risk factors for youth and older adults.  Identify options for successful treatment of prescription drug addiction.

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1: The reading discusses three classes of prescription medications that are commonly abused:
 
 
 
 
2: Which class of medication reduces the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain and affects those brain areas controlling emotion, which diminishes the effects of a painful stimulus?
 
 
 
3: Which of the following is NOT an example of an opioid?
 
 
 
 
 
4: Physical dependence occurs because of ______________ adaptations to chronic exposure to a drug.
 
 
5: In 2010, _____________ of high school seniors took cough syrup 'to get high.'
 
 
 
 
6: Which class of medication can work to slow brain activity?
 
 
 
7: Which medication has the higher risk of overdose?
 
 
8: Most CNS depressants act on the brain by affecting the neurotransmitter  ______________.
 
 
 
 
9: Which class of medication increases alertness, attention, and energy?
 
 
 
10: According to the table on page 6, in a study of 12th graders, which is the most commonly abused drug after Marijuana?
 
 
 
 
11: According to the table on p. 7, what is the most common source of prescription narcotics among 12th graders who used in the past year?
 
 
 
 
12: Abuse of prescription drugs is highest among young adults aged 18 to 25, with __________ reporting nonmedical use in the past month (NSDUH, 2010).
 
 
 
 
13: ___________ patients are more likely to be prescribed long-term and multiple prescriptions.
 
 
 
14: The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) reported that approximately ____________ ED visits in 2009 could be attributed to prescription drug abuse.
 
 
 
 
15: Naltrexone, Methadone, and Buprenorphine are all medications used in treating addiction to
 
 
 
16: Treating stimulant addiction may involve
 
 

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 1continuing education clock hour.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.