Designer Drugs (September/October)

Date of Issue: 09/01/2021 | Volume: 9 | Number: 6

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

Dr. Huestis provides a primer into the world of designer drugs, what they are, and how to treat patients who use them. We also provider an up to date overviews of inhalant misuse and commonly misused over the counter medications. Plus, research updates on treatments for methamphetamine psychosis and the power of naltrexone for alcohol use disorder.

In This Issue

Clinical Update

Inhalants: An Invisible Danger

Topics: huffing | Inhalants | teens

Inhalants are easily available household chemicals that can create short-lived intoxicating effect in users. Unfortunately, serious long term side effects can result from their use. We review the effects that inhalants can have the body and cover screening and treatment options.

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Expert Q&A

The Continuing Challenge of Designer Drugs

Topics: Addiction | designer drugs | Novel drug | Substance Use

Designer drugs is a catchall term for a large group of illicit substances that can have disparate effects. Dr. Huestis provides an in depth look at the current state of designer drugs, what clinicians should be wary of, and treatment options.

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Clinical Update

Misuse of Over-the-Counter Medications

Topics: drug misuse | Over the counter | teens

Over the counter medications are commonly misused, particularly among younger patients. Dextromethorphan, first generation antihistamines, and nasal decongestants are the most frequently encountered. We cover the clinical features of each and discuss treatment strategies.

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CME Post-Test

CME Post-Test - Designer Drugs, CATR, September/October 2021

Topics: CME Post-Test

The post-test for this issue is available for one year after the publication date to subscribers only. By successfully completing the test you will be awarded a certificate for 1 CME credit.

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