ASWB accreditation for this course expires December 31, 2023.

Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

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” or “Enroll” 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

Pharmacology of Cocaine
  • Neurotransmitter Blockade and Release
  • Ion Channel Blockade
  • Excitatory Neurotransmitter Release
Acute Cocaine Intoxication
  • Cardiovascular
  • Central Nervous System
  • Pulmonary
  • Other Organ System Toxicity
Cocaine Use Disorder Diagnosis
  • Incidence of Cocaine Use
  • The Effects of Maternal Cocaine Use
  • Screening for Cocaine Use
  • DSM-5 Criteria
Treatment of Cocaine Use Disorder
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Amphetamine
  • Methylphenidate
  • Bupropion
Case Study: Charlie’s Story


Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 20 years of as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, written textbook chapters, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was recently named a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center and is actively involved in lecturing and mentoring nurses, emergency medical residents and pharmacy students.

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