Drug Abuse

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Course Offerings

D01 Drug Abuse Prevention

30 Credit Hours, $63

This course is a compilation of modules D11-D20: Improving My Wellness, Tobacco Prevention, Smoke-Freed in 3 Weeks, Drug Abuse Prevention, Alcohol Problems, Marijuana Impact, Help With Addition, Prevention Values, DrugFree Kids, and Spiritual Health. The 12 item test at the end of each module can be skipped, and, instead, a single 60 item test is available at the end of this course.

D11 Improving my Wellness

3 Credit Hours, $21

Examines the physiological and psychological aspects of personal health and wellness, and the factors that contribute or hinder mental well-being. The absence of illness is not wellness.

D12 Tobacco Prevention

3 Credit Hours, $21

Describes nicotine, its use and risks, and method of preventing tobacco addiction.

D13 Smoke-freed in 3 weeks

3 Credit Hours, $21

Learn a way to stop smoking and remain tobacco free. Learn to make the decision to stop smoking, design your own stop-smoking plan, work toward a first smoke-free day, and implement an ongoing life without tobacco.

D14 Prevent Drug Abuse

3 Credit Hours, $21

Drug-Abuse includes the use of illegal drugs, misuse of medications, and the misuse of products with caffeine. Learn to describe the use and effect of drugs, as well as treatment and prevention strategies.

D15 Alcohol Problems

3 Credit Hours, $21

This course provides an introduction to selected important topics related to alcohol problems, addiction, and wellness. It represents an introduction to users and supporting individuals that are seeking wellness and improved communications.

D16 Marijuana Impact

3 Credit Hours, $21

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Understand the nature of marijuana use, counteract the myth of medical marijuana, appreciate the scope of its use, and trace its acute affect on the body system.

D17 Help with Addiction

3 Credit Hours, $21

Examines the basic principles and practices in many areas of addiction prevention. Learn to describe addiction, characteristics and effect of addiction, identify the main issues in addiction, and present plans for an addiction problem prevention program.

D18 Prevention Values

3 Credit Hours, $21

Explore the Prevention Pentagon model, used to strengthen an individual against misuse of drugs. The five components consist of: personal concerns, group/social concerns, information, access-control, and Personal values/spiritual resolve. This approach that deals with risk factors, peer pressure, drug ignorance, manipulation prevention, and disintegration prevention.

D19 DrugFree Kids

3 Credit Hours, $21

Children are continually exposed to messages and experiences that foster the use and abuse of harmful drugs. This DrugFree USA curriculum called “DrugFree Kids” was developed to counter these messages and experiences with simple, short slogans that are reinforced through specially designed learning activities

D20 Spiritual Health

3 Credit Hours, $21

This is course was written to help you develop and fosters your spiritual health. It is an intensely personal course in that it deals with your innermost values, thoughts and feelings. It is intended to help you focus your life within a larger external framework.

Synthetic Drugs

Non-Credit Reading Material

An overview of dynthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones, marketed for their “legal” highs. Learn about this emerging threat. Not available for CE Credits at this time.

 

 

Why Study Drug Abuse?

Illicit drug use in America has been increasing. In 2011, an estimated 22.5 million Americans aged 12 or older—or 8.7 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication (such as a pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer) in the past month. This is up from 8.3 percent in 2002. The increase mostly reflects a recent rise in the use of marijuana, the most commonly used illicit drug.

Use of most drugs other than marijuana has not changed appreciably over the past decade or has declined. In 2011, 6.1 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 2.4 percent) had used psycho-therapeutic prescription drugs nonmedically (without a prescription or in a manner or for a purpose not prescribed) in the past month—a decrease from 2010. And 972,000 Americans (0.4 percent) had used hallucinogens (a category that includes Ecstasy and LSD) in the past month—a decline from 2010.

Cocaine use has gone down in the last few years; from 2006 to 2011, the number of current users aged 12 or older dropped from 2.4 million to 1.4 million. Methamphetamine use has also dropped, from 731,000 current users in 2006 to 439,000 in 2011.

Most people use drugs for the first time when they are teenagers.There were just over 3.0 million new users (initiates) of illicit drugs in 2011, or about 8,400 new users per day. Half (51 percent) were under 18.

More than half of new illicit drug users begin with marijuana. Next most common are prescription pain relievers, followed by inhalants (which is most common among younger teens).

Statistics from: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/nationwide-trends

 

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