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Hep C & Drug User Health: From Caffeine to Cocaine & Ecstasy (Clinical Education Initiative)

February 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Clinical Education Initiative

Stimulants Part 1: From Caffeine to Cocaine and Ecstasy

February 4th, 2021 (4 – 5 PM EST)

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Target: NYS Medical Providers including Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Nurses.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • List two intoxication symptoms of caffeine and two intoxication symptoms of methylene-dioxy methamphetamine (MDMA or ecstasy)
  • List two withdrawal symptoms of cocaine, contrast the neurobiological mechanism of action of cocaine with ecstasy
  • Discuss current pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches in the treatment of cocaine and ecstasy use disorder

Presenter: Petros Levounis, MD, MA
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, and Associate Dean for Professional Development, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Chief of Service, University Hospital

Hepatitis C and Drug User Health Center of Excellence: Stimulant Series overview

Street stimulants range from caffeine to cocaine, ecstasy, crystal methamphetamine, and more recently bath salts. In the first two sessions, we will explore the fundamental neurobiology of these drugs along with typical and atypical clinical presentations of stimulant intoxication, withdrawal, and long-term use. We will also review successful behavioral interventions, which form the core treatment modalities for stimulant use disorders, including motivational interviewing, contingency management, cognitive behavioral therapy, group counseling, and mindfulness. The limited use of pharmacotherapy of these disorders, which has largely yielded mixed or preliminary results, will also be discussed. We will pay special attention to crystal methamphetamine use among gay men and the intersectionality of substance use and sexuality.

In the final session in the series, we will address complex clinical cases brought for discussion by the participants and the moderator. We will synthesize assessment, diagnosis, psychosocial interventions, psychopharmacology, prevention, and public health with special emphasis on addressing conundrums of co-occurring stimulant addiction with other psychiatric disorders.


Courses are currently being reviewed for CME & CNE credits – once officially approved, updated information with the CE language will be provided.


February 4
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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