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12 Continuing Education Units: IAODAPCA/ICB, NAADAC*, LCSW/LCPC** 


This home study course is available though the Internet, athough participants may also download and/print out the course material to study on their own. You will be able to access the website, read written materials supported by illustrations, photos and other graphics, and take an objective test covering the subject matter in each of the eight modules. Participants will have up to eight weeks to complete the course. It is estimated that module will take one to one and one-half hours to complete. You will be able to ask questions of the instructor through e-mail correspondence, and all participants will have access to these questions and the instructor’s answers.

The course will provide an overview of issues related to the effects, use and availability of substances of abuse other than alcohol and nicotine. Emphasis will be placed on:

1) The concept of psychoactivity, and methods of categorizing, naming, and measuring substances of abuse

2) Methods of administering street drugs and associated variations in onset and duration of drug action

3) Issues of potency, purity and misrepresentation of street drugs

4) Mechanisms of tolerance and physical dependence

5) Addiction potentials for varying classes of abused substances

6) Short- and long-term physical and behavioral toxicity

7) Potential for both acute and chronic psychiatric/neurological impairment

8) Current slang terms related to street drugs

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

• Explain the concept of psychoactivity, and identify methods for categorizing, naming, measuring and administering abused substances.

• Discuss the importance of onset and duration of drug action.

• Discuss the impact of potency, purity and misrepresentation on drug action.

• Identify the three types of drug tolerance and discuss their physiological basis.

• Understand the development of physical dependence and identify which classes of abused substances produce this type of dependence.

• Compare and contrast the concept of physical dependence with that of addiction.

• Determine the addiction potential of various classes of abused substances.

• Identify classes of drug which produce physical dependence and specify typical withdrawal symptoms.

• Discuss the development of tolerance for each class of drug.

• Identify for each class of abused substance the potential for both short- and long-term physical and behavioral toxicity.

• Identify for each class of abused substance the potential for acute and chronic psychiatric and neurological impairment.

• Specify current slang terms used to refer to particular street drugs.

• Discuss current patterns of use and availability in Illinois for each substance of abuse.

Instructor: Randall Webber, MPH, CADC.  

Start/Completion Dates: Participants may begin this course at any time. The course must be completed in eight weeks or less.

* Continuing Education Provider # 198036. Courses are approved for CEUs by 47 states and Puerto Rico as well as NASW, NBBC, ACADC and other national organizations.     

** Illinois Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor License # 159.001214 



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Street Drug Pharmacology Home Study Course

Price: $75.00
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