Course Description 49

Speed Still Kills – The Growing Methamphetamine Problem
Kevin R. Scheel, MS, MAC, LMFT
Course Description:

The 1960’s have often been viewed as a decade of widespread drug problems across the United States. One of the most popular drugs of that era was methamphetamine, “the poor man’s cocaine.” While the problems of this drug never actually disappeared, the popularity of the drug seemed to wane over the coming years. However, many areas of the country have recently been experiencing a resurgence in the drug’s popularity. Methamphetamine abuse is now shifting from being a regional phenomenon to a national problem. Recent attention by the White House office of National Drug Control Policy, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), and the National institute on Drug Abuse have all emphasized the need to increase knowledge about the effects of methamphetamines and gain a better understanding of the treatment issues involved.

This presentation will consist of: an overview of methamphetamine; its history; patterns of use (including various forms and methods of injection, and geographical patterns of use); physical and psychological effects; comparison of methamphetamine and cocaine related problems; and a discussion of the treatment issues critical for successful methamphetamine dependence treatment.

This four week course requires 8 hours of work over its duration.

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