Research Report Series: Cocaine, Inhalants, Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the latest research on cocaine, inhalants, hallucinogens and dissociative drugs.  The course covers issues of scope, changes to the brain, and short and long term effects of drug use.  The course consists of 3 separate readings from the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Research Report Series.

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

Publisher:   National Institute on Drug Abuse

Readings:  This course consists of 3 readings from the NIDA Research Report Series:  Cocaine; Inhalants; and Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs.

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Program Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to cocaine, inhalants, hallucinogens and dissociative drugs.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the scope of drug use.  Identify short and long term effects.  Describe changes to the brain.

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1: For questions 1-12, refer to the reading on Cocaine.  Cocaine is also known as all but which of the following?
2: A speedball is a combination of cocaine and which of the following?
3: Cocaine use results in an __________ of dopamine and an amplified signal to the receiving neurons.
4: Taken in small amounts, cocaine usually makes the user feel
5: What age group has a higher rate of current cocaine use than any other group?
6: Overall, __________ report higher rates of current cocaine use.
7: What percentage of drug misuse or abuse emergency department visits involved cocaine?
8: The short-term physiological effect of cocaine include the following except:
9: What is  the most common two-drug combination that results in drug-related death?
10: Needing a higher dose of cocaine in order to register the same level of pleasure that was experienced during initial use best describes
11: In 2007, cocaine accounted for about __________ of all admissions to drug abuse treatment programs.
12: A form of behavioral therapy that uses a voucher or prize-based system that rewards patients who abstain from cocaine and other drug use describes
13: For questions 13-23 , refer to the reading on Inhalants.  One inhalant classification system divides inhalants into 4 categories:  volatile solvents, aerosols, gases, and ___________.
14: Glue is an example of a(n)
15: Nitrites are inhalants that act
16: Inhalants, particularly volatile solvents, gases, and aerosols, are often the easiest and first options for abuse among young children who use drugs.
17: Inhaled chemicals are absorbed ___________ into the bloodstream through the lungs.
18: Inhalant intoxication lasts a few
19: According to the table on page 3: Past- Year Inhalant Use Among 8th-, 10th, and 12- Graders, 1991-2011, which grade had the highest past-year inhalant use?
20: Most inhalants produce initial
21: According to a  recent survey of 43,000 American adults, which group ___________, on average, displays a higher lifetime prevalence of substance use disorders?
22: Which of the following best characterizes 'sudden sniffing death'?
23: Commonly abused inhalants can be found in
24: For questions 24-33, refer to the reading on Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs.    Which classic hallucinogen can be referred to as 'blotters'?
25: Which classic hallucinogen was traditionally used for religious purposes?
26: Which dissociative drug is often diverted from veterinary offices?
27: In 2014, rates dropped most significantly for _____________, among 12th grade students as compared to 2009.
28: Ayahuasca is
29: Some of the most prominent effects of classic hallucinogens occur in the prefrontal cortex- an area involved in ____________.
30: The effects of hallucinogens like LSD can be described as drug-induced
31: Overall, two long-term effects have been associated with use of classic hallucinogens:
32: Common effects of low to moderate doses of dissociative drugs include:
33: 200 mg of DXM

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.

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.