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Abuse of Prescription Stimulant Drugs

Program length: 0.1 CEU
Target audiences: Pharmacists
Knowledge based activity

EXPIRES: 10/09/2015

This course requires completion of survey and a 70% passing quiz grade to receive certificate.

Universal Activity Number: 0048-0000-12-080-H04-P

Course Cost: $10

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Prescription stimulants such as dextroamphetamine/amphetamine combination (Adderall®), methylphenidate (Concerta®), and lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse®) are schedule II medications and are the most commonly prescribed drugs to children and adults for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue into adolescence and even into adulthood. The common symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and over activity. Symptoms usually improve as the patient grows older. It is estimated that about 8 percent of children 4-17 years old are diagnosed with ADHD. 1 These drugs are very effective in the treatment of ADHD but also have the potential for both abuse and addiction.


At the completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

· Explain the current extent of prescription stimulant abuse.

· Describe the mechanism of action for common stimulants and the addictive properties.
· Identify which populations are the most affected and who is at the highest risk of abusing prescription stimulants.
· Explain treatment options for acute overdose and withdrawal symptoms of prescribed stimulants.
· Identify what pharmacists can do to help reduce the abuse potential in high risk populations.

Instructions: For credit card or checking account payment, pay by clicking the button above. Once payment has been received, email pharmacy technical support to be enrolled into the course. For all other payment types, contact the Continuing Education Administrative Contact at 419/772-1871.