Adolescent substance use has followed familiar trends for several decades with alcohol, nicotine, and cannabis leading other drugs in popularity. After several years of declining nicotine use, primarily via combustible cigarettes, recent data suggests a resurgence of nicotine use, primarily via e-cigarettes as well as a marked increase in cannabis use, likely corresponding with legalization efforts. Additionally, there has been an increase in hallucinogen use and the dangers of opioid use have heightened due to the rise of illicit fentanyl being brought in from outside the United States. This lecture will review the most recent Monitoring the Future study and discuss implications of adolescent substance use trends on healthcare providers.
Credits: 1.50 Contact Hours; 1.50 are Pharmacology
After taking part in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:
-Describe the most common substances currently abused by adolescents in the United States
-Recognize the role of non-medical grade fentanyl in the current opioid crisis in the United States and the impact on fatalities
-Identify steps to address the rising level of nicotine and cannabis use in adolescents
Evan Horton, PharmD, BCPPS
I graduated with my doctorate of pharmacy from the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University in 2005. I completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in 2006. Upon completion of my residency, I accepted a faculty position at MCPHS University in Worcester, MA, creating an internal medicine clerkship site at Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, MA. I became board certified in pediatric pharmacotherapy in 2017 (BCPPS). I am an active member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA), serving on the Advocacy Committee as well as the academic special interest group. My areas of teaching focus are pediatric pharmacotherapy, pain management, substance use disorder, and the pharmacotherapy revolving around medical cannabis therapy.
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NPACE designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.50 contact hours, of which 1.50 is pharmacology credit. Participants should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).
In addition to ANCC, NPACE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP8720 and Florida CE Broker #50-1476.
Contributing faculty, Evan Horton, PharmD, BCPPS have disclosed have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
All planners and contributors involved in this educational activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
The material presented in this continuing education program is being made available for educational purposes only and is not intended to represent the best or only methods, medications and/or guidelines appropriate for the medical situation discussed. Rather the material is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the presenter(s), which may be helpful, or of interest to other practitioners and should not be used by clinicians without the evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. NPACE disclaims any liability, loss, injury, or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any information given in a presentation.
Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may mention the uses of products that are not approved by the FDA for the indication(s) being discussed. The presenter(s) are instructed to notify participants when they are discussing unapproved uses or investigational agents. The opinions related to unapproved uses of products are solely those of the presenter(s) and are not endorsed or recommended by NPACE. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
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