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Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction

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About the Course:

The nonmedical use or abuse of prescription drugs is a serious and growing public health problem. However, we now know more about the scope and magnitude of the problem, including how the drugs produce their desired effects and why they are so attractive to some users and abusers.

The purpose of this course is to present information that the National Institute on Drug Abuse has accumulated from years of scientific research in order to better understand prescription drug abuse and addiction. The course presents information on what some of the most commonly used prescription drugs are, how they work in the brain, negative effects of abuse, and treatment interventions. Sources of additional relevant information are also included.

Publication Date:

Revised, 2011

Course Material Author

NIDA Staff

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about prescription drug abuse and addiction. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain what prescription drugs are, how they are used, and the scope of their use in the U.S.

  2. Describe the short- and long-term effects of prescription drug abuse and the medical complications involved in their abuse.

  3. Identify available, effective treatments for prescription drug abuse.

  4. Effectively utilize sources of additional scientific information regarding prescription drug abuse.

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Our Provider Number: 5951

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NBCC Counselors completing this course will receive 2 credits.

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Our Provider Number: 192243

This course has been approved by CE Learning Systems, service provider of Addiction Counselor CE, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #107243, CE Learning Systems is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

NASP accepts 30 CPD credits of sequenced self-study per each three year renewal.

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

Our Provider Number: 17-1460

CE Learning Systems dba Addiction Counselor CE has been approved to offer Continuing Education credit for Certified Addiction Specialists (CAS) in accordance with the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders. Approval No. 17-1460.

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Course Number 101002
2 credit hours
  • Online Article
Exam Fee: $13.94No exam fee with a Plus or Unlimited membership package!
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1967 members have taken this course