Medication Misuse and Abuse
Course Length: 1 Day (7.5 Hours)
are available on a limited basis.
it is estimated that 55% of Americans regularly take prescription
medications. Approximately 23 million abuse and need treatment
for substance abuse. Further, the number of DUI offenders arrested
as the result of using prescription medications continues to rise.
This workshop will explore how prescription drugs are approved,
drug types and schedules, dosing and delivery, drug tampering,
types and methods of abuse, pain and its treatment with opioids
and non-opioid drugs, the various categories of prescription medications
being abused, why they are increasingly being abused, how they
affect driving skill and the historical methods used to control
their use. Topics include scheduled and non-scheduled drugs, pain
medication abuse, depressant and stimulant abuse, effects of combinations
of prescription drugs with other substances, the effects of “medical
marijuana”, special problems with children and older adults,
routes of administration and the different effects from the same
drug, drug delivery methods, and fatalities resulting from prescription
drug abuse. The use of non-prescription drugs to augment the desired
effects of, and/or eliminate the side effects of, legal and illegal
drugs will be discussed. A growing problem which is largely misunderstood
and frequently ignored, "medicines" are surpassing illegal
substances in abuse, deaths and impaired driving incidents.