Methamphetamine use has risen alarmingly, reaching epidemic proportions in some regions. The purpose of this course is to provide a current, evidence-based overview of methamphetamine abuse and dependence and its treatment in order to allow healthcare professionals to more effectively identify, treat, or refer patients who use methamphetamine. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Describe the history and background of amphetamine use.
2. Discuss the epidemiology and demographics of methamphetamine use, including risk factors.
3. Describe the pharmacology of methamphetamine and the neurobiology of stimulant addiction.
4. Discuss the use characteristics of methamphetamine abuse.
5. Review the acute and chronic effects of methamphetamine use, including effects on cognitive and neurobiologic function in abstinent users.
6. Describe comorbid conditions associated with methamphetamine abuse and dependence.
7. Identify signs and symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal syndrome.
8. Outline possible treatment modalities for methamphetamine dependence and comorbid conditions, detailing implications for special populations, the importance of 12-step programs, and interventions for non-English-proficient patients.
9. Review the prognosis for those dependent on methamphetamine.
This 5-hour continuing education course is available for download for professional development; if continuing education credit is desired, please see instructions included in eBook.
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