Substance misuse is one of the critical public health problems of our time. The most recent data on substance use, misuse, and substance use disorders reveal that the problem is deepening and the consequences are becoming more deadly than ever. This chapter offers a comprehensive overview of substance abuse, its causes, contributing factors, use and misuse, diagnosis, treatment, and policy.
This course is based on Chapter 1 of Facing Addiction in America created by US Dept of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General and SAMHSA in 2016.
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US Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Surgeon General
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.
Clinicians and medical providers would benefit from this course. This course is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Identify the widespread use and misuse of alcohol, illicit and prescribed drugs.
Identify risk factors to substance misuse.
Acknowledge costs and impact, treatment and related policy considerations of substance misuse.
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Faculty: L.A. Rankin
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