Speed Still Kills – The Growing Methamphetamine Problem

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Brown University Distance Learning Program is offering a credited, on-line course on dual diagnosis treatment.

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.


Kevin Scheel, MS, MAC, LMFT, Director of Educational Services for the Distance Learning Center for Addiction Studies. Mr. Scheel has more than 25 years of experience in the chemical dependency field and has been an instructor/trainer for the past 14 years. He has a Master’s of Science in Counseling and Guidance with specialization in Addiction Treatment from the University of Nebraska.

Course Objectives

  • Learn about amphetamine and methamphetamine, as well as the other abusable stimulant drugs (other than cocaine/crack).
  • Examine the history of these stimulant drugs.
  • Explore the patterns of use (including various forms and methods of injection, and geographical patterns of use).
  • Evaluate the physical and psychological effects.
  • Do a comparison of methamphetamine and cocaine related problems.
  • Discuss the treatment issues critical for successful methamphetamine dependence treatment.

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course requirements are:

  • Required on-line reading (one hour per week)
  • Completion of pre and post test
  • Completion of weekly homework assignments (one hour per week)
  • Participation in the weekly course forum
  • Completion of an on-line course evaluation

*Please note that there are no real time events associated with this course. Lessons will be posted on the class home page on Tuesday and responses are due the following Monday. With the exception of the first weeks lesson which will be posted Monday with the responses due the following Monday. Assignments can be accessed at the participant’s convenience.

The total cost of this course is $60.00 the course payment is due by the start date of the course. A full refund is available up until the posting of the second lesson, after which there will be no refunds.


This four-week course, has been approved by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) for 8 educational credits. It is being provided by the Brown Distance Learning program, which is accredited as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider (#000151). This course meets the qualifications for 8 hours of continuing education credit for MFCC’s and/or LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE#1917). This course is approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for eight Category 1 continuing education for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC’s). The CCB is an IC&RC affiliate. The New York State OASAS does accept distance learning CEUs provided by institutions of higher learning for individuals pursuing or renewing a CASAC, CPP or CPS. Certificates will be mailed within two weeks to participants in the program for its duration who submit all required materials.

Please contact your local certification board to verify reciprocity or acceptance of Brown Distance Learning contact hours.

To participate, you must have:

  • An E-mail address and the capacity to retrieve and send E-mail;
  • Access to World Wide Web (the following programs provide WWW access: Netscape, Apple CyberDog, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is the preferred browser for Brown DLP online courses
  • The ability to navigate the World Wide Web
  • A basic understanding of how to use a computer and send and receive email


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The course start date or when the course limit is reached.

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