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Cocaine Use Disorder

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2018

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

Cocaine addiction is a serious public health problem. Millions of Americans regularly use cocaine, and some develop a substance use disorder. Cocaine is generally not ingested, but toxicity and death from gastrointestinal absorption has been known to occur. Medications that have been used as substitution therapy for the treatment of a cocaine use disorder include amphetamine, bupropion, methylphenidate, and modafinil. While pharmacological interventions can be effective, a recent review of pharmacological therapy for cocaine use indicates that psycho-social efforts are more consistent over medication as a treatment option.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the pharmacology of Cocaine
  • Explain the diagnosis of Cocaine Use Disorder
  • Discuss the treatment of Cocaine Use Disorder

Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction
II.           Pharmacology of Cocaine
1.   Neurotransmitter Blockade and Release
2.   Ion Channel Blockade
3.   Excitatory Neurotransmitter Release
III.         Acute Cocaine Intoxication
1.   Cardiovascular
2.   Central Nervous System
3.   Pulmonary
4.   Other Organ System Toxicity
IV.          Cocaine Use Disorder Diagnosis
1.   Incidence of Cocaine Use
2. The Effects of Maternal Cocaine Use
3.   Screening for Cocaine Use
4.   DSM-5 Criteria
V.            Treatment of Cocaine Use Disorder
1.   Pharmacotherapy
2.   Amphetamine
3.   Methylphenidate
4.   Bupropion
VI.          Case Study: Charlie's Story
VII.       Summary, provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 07/08/21-07/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 1 clinical continuing education credits.

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