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The Toxicology of Licit and Illicit Drugs of Abuse

  • PHA 6935 The Toxicology of Licit and Illicit Drugs of Abuse


    A wide range of drugs are frequently encountered in the ED and in everyday practice settings. Among them are a majority of cases of substance use disorders that involve both licit and illicit drugs.

    Recognizing the symptoms of toxidromes early, providing adequate intervention and treatment to the patient, and ensuring the safety of those delivering care are critical components of this course. Following a brief recap of the basics of medical toxicology and toxidromes, the course will focus on the different classes of drugs, their commonly encountered abuse, treatment approaches, and legal components such as drug testing.


    Please review our recommended course order.


    Module Topic
    Module 1 Principles of Toxicology for Medical Professionals
    Module 2 CNS Depressants, Opiates and Opioids
    Module 3 CNS Depressants, Licit and Illicit Abuse of Opioids
    Module 4 CNS Depressants, Benzodiazepines
    Module 5 Hallucinogens, Cathinones
    Module 6 Hallucinogens, Natural & synthetic Cannabinoids
    Module 7 Hallucinogens, MDMA
    Module 8 Hallucinogens, Miscellaneous Hallucinogens
    Module 9 CNS Stimulants, Cocaine
    Module 10 CNS Stimulants, Methamphetamine
    Module 11 CNS Stimulants, Miscellaneous Stimulants
    Module 12 Specialized Drugs of Abuse, Drugs of Facilitated Sexual Assault
    Module 13 Specialized Drugs of Abuse, Performance Enhancing Drugs

    Required Materials:

    Karch’s Pathology of Drug Abuse
    Authors: Steven B. Karch, Olaf Drummer
    Publisher: CRC Press; 5th edition (11/11/2015)
    ISBN-10: 1439861463
    ISBN-13: 978-1439861462

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