General Pharmacology Overview of Substances
Including a Specific Focus on Best Practice for Treating the Opioid Crisis
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The training will overview the effects and withdrawal symptoms of amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, ethyl alcohol and opioids.
Introductions of the assessment tools used to assess for the severity of withdrawal symptom will be discussed.
The second part of this workshop will focus on the current opioid crisis which is the most challenging forms of addiction facing the Canadian health care system, and the major contributors to the marked rises in opioid-related morbidity and death that Canada has been seeing in recent years.
Current best practices and guidelines used to intervene and treat, including harm reduction approaches and prevention, will be a reviewed.
Mental health professionals
Front-line workers such as nurses, clergy, social workers and residential workers who provide services to vulnerable populations