Illicit Drug Use in the United States

About the Course 
This course provides the status of drug misuse in the United States and presents common substances, triggers, and interventions that are proving to have successful impacts. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • State the severity of drug abuse in the United States.
  • Differentiate between club and prescription drug abuse.
  • List five club drugs and associated street names.
  • Identify the most frequently abused prescription drug types and examples of each type.
  • Describe three new emerging drug trends.
  • Describe the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on drug abuse and overdoses.
  • Discuss how abusing drugs influences the patient outcomes who develop COVID-19.
  • Describe priorities for nursing assessment and care when dealing with a patient who has abused drugs.
  • Describe at least three elements of the national drug control strategy.

About the Author
Kelly A. Crum PhD(c), MSN, RN, is an independent domestic and international nursing educational consultant.  Crum earned a BS in Nursing (1990) from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. She has an MS in Nursing (1995) with a focus in maternal, child nursing, curriculum development, and nursing education from the University of South Alabama. Crum is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (ABD) from the University of Phoenix. Her research is focused on the lived experience of the 2020 graduate’s transition to nursing practice during the Covid-19 pandemic. Most recently, Crum served as the director of nursing at Maranatha Baptist University and then Bob Jones University. Crum has served as nursing faculty at Pensacola Christian College, Maranatha Baptist University, and Bob Jones University. Crum is a published author who currently works on a 48-bed oncology unit at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center.

How to Receive Credit 
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 3-hour commitment of time. 
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest* 
Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 
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Accreditations and Approvals
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 

Course ID: 49170