Drugs of Abuse: What Clinicians Need to Know

Medscape has a free (very) concise overview on Drugs of Abuse for clinicians that’s worth perusing. It’s in no way comprehensive, but it is a good way to familiarize yourself with some of the newer drugs you may be seeing in your practice, such as Molly and bath salts. Medscape requires registration to access the site, but it’s free and worth doing– I get a boatload of CEs from the site for my various certifications and licensures.

For more information on some of these drugs from Medscape:

Trends in prescription drug abuse: ‘Bridging medications’

Xylazine a potentially new fatal addition to other drugs of abuse

Lure, variety of designer drugs is alarming

Bath salts more addictive than meth

And for CEs:

Lessons learned in the abuse of pain relief medication: A focus on healthcare costs (CME only)

Managing pain patients who abuse prescription drugs (CME/CEU)

Alcohol screening and brief intervention for youth: A practitioner’s guide (CME/CEU)