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Designer Drugs: Bath Salts, Synthetic Cannabinoids, and Synthetic Hallucinogens

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Overview / Abstract:

Designer drugs are synthetic compounds whose molecular structures have been modified based on chemically similar illicit drugs. The newly created substances can often be purchased legally because their modified chemical structures are not covered under existing drug laws. Since, in many cases, designer drugs are not yet illegal, they are inaccurately referred to as “legal highs” or “herbal highs.” This course gives an overview of the types of designer drugs and describes the challenges related to testing and assessment of designer drug use as wells as goals for treatment of designer drug addiction.

*Provide a definition of the term designer drugs.
*Describe three key aspects of synthetic cathinones.
*Explain three ways in which synthetic cannabinoids differ from cannabis.
*List three clinical features of synthetic hallucinogen misuse.
*Describe two challenges related to testing and assessment of designer drug use.
*Explain two overall goals for the treatment of designer drug addiction.


Jan 01, 2019


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Occupational Therapy CE, Physical Therapy CE





Credits / Hours

3.0 Contact Hours


ANCC, AOTA, California Board of Physical Therapy, California Board of Registered Nursing, Florida Board of Nursing, New York Physical Therapy Association, Kentucky Board of Nursing

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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Substance Abuse / Dependence, Social Issues, Pharmacology, Overdose (Drug), Medication Safety, Diversion, Case Management, Adverse Drug Reactions / ADR

Keywords / Search Terms

ATrain Education Inc. ATrain Education, designer drugs, bath salts, cathinones, synthetic drugs, cannabinoids, hallucinogens, spice, K2, combination drugs, legal highs

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