Introduction/Abstract: The purpose of this
presentation is to provide up to date information on street drugs and
discuss treatment options in the management of the patients who use
them. We will also discuss overdoses of both street drugs, prescription
medications and over the counter medications and the treatment options
in managing the overdose.
For centuries drugs have been a part of history.
Each cultural group found their own way of making and using recreational
drugs, and each generation believed they were unique in their drug use.
Many great musical accomplishments where created while the artists
enjoyed hallucinogenic drugs of the decade. However, if you are
practicing currently, you need knowledge of the drugs used today. For
example, the assessment of an unconscious teenager not only involves the
ABC’s, but may also include a rectal exam. Why you ask? Because a new
method of use for Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is to soak tampons in the
drug and insert rectally or vaginally, allowing for a longer absorption
This presentation will review the most commonly
used street drugs including cocaine, heroine, methamphetamine, opioids,
hallucinogenic agents and designer drugs such as ecstasy and GHB.
Participants will have the opportunity to examine and handle drug
paraphernalia and to see how everyday items can become containers for
drug storage. We will discuss signs and symptoms, assessment and
treatment options of suspected drug use, withdrawal or overdose.
drugs affect multiple patient populations and therefore this
presentation is a must for all health care professionals including
students, nurses, advanced practice nurses and physicians. The only
prerequisite for this program is an open mind, as some of the
information can be shocking. Knowledge is power. You must be armed with
as much information as possible on the multiple drugs available and how
they are used, so that you are prepared for all possibilities.