Nursing: Commonly Misused Substances

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About Course #N1940

Release Date: April 9, 2018

Expiration Date: February 28, 2021

The content of the course focuses on the most commonly misused addictive drugs. Twelve types of substances are described, including their biochemistry and effects on the human body. The process of assessing and screening for these twelve substances is reviewed. Prevention practices and therapeutic modalities are also described.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, course #N1761, Substance Use Disorders, 2nd Edition (30 hours).

About the Authors

Audrey Darville, PhD, APRN, CTTS, FAANP, is an associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky. She has been a practicing family nurse practitioner since 1998. Currently the tobacco treatment specialist with the University of Kentucky Health Care System, she is also director of the BREATHE Tobacco Treatment Specialist online training program. As a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Audrey works with inpatients, outpatients, and employees to provide group and intensive individual tobacco dependence treatment.

Peggy El-Mallakh, PhD, RN, PMH APRN-BC, has degrees from the Central Connecticut State University in 1982, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing in 1998, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing in 2005. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, where she serves as the co-coordinator of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program.

Dianna Inman, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS, PMHNP-BC, received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Arizona State University. She is certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner, pediatric primary care mental health specialist, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Dr. Inman is actively involved in practice in developmental/behavioral pediatrics and school-based mental health.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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