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The Role of Pharmacotherapy in the Treatment of Adolescent Substance Use Disorders

About the Course:

This course discusses the role of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of substance use disorder in adolescents. Various medications are examined, in a wide range of addictions, including Tobacco Use Disorder (TUD) and Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD) in addition to SUD. A concern cited in using Medication Assisted Therapy is the risk of adversely impacting brain development during adolescence. The author outlines each disorder and the available pharmacotherapy options, include both adult and adolescent studies.

This course is based on the article, (The role of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of adolescent substance use disorders created by Christopher J. Hammond, MD et al in 2016.

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Course Material Author

Christopher J. Hammond, MD

Dr. Hammond is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at John Hopkins University. His research interests focus on adolescents and substance abuse and his work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Christopher J. Hammond, MD authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Ann E. Davis

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge. This content is at an intermediate level.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the risks vs reward of using pharmacotherapy in the adolescent population.

  2. Identify the appropriate pharmacotherapies available per disorder.

  3. Summarize the efficacy of each medication.

Course Material

References begin on page 15.

Course Material

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Course Number 102781
2 credit hours
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