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.
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- Describe the pharmacology of Cocaine
- Explain the diagnosis of Cocaine Use Disorder
- Discuss the treatment of Cocaine Use Disorder
- Neurotransmitter Blockade and Release
- Ion Channel Blockade
- Excitatory Neurotransmitter Release
- Central Nervous System
- Other Organ System Toxicity
- Incidence of Cocaine Use
- The Effects of Maternal Cocaine Use
- Screening for Cocaine Use
- DSM-5 Criteria
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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