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Hep C & Drug User Health: From Crystal Methamphetamines to Bath Salts & Beyond (Clinical Education Initiative)

February 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Clinical Education Initiative

Stimulants Part 2: From Crystal Methamphetamines to Bath Salts and Beyond

February 11th, 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 crystal methamphetamines and two intoxication symptoms of cathinone derivatives (bath salts)
  • Contrast the clinical presentation of cocaine with crystal methamphetamines
  • Discuss the connection between crystal methamphetamines use among gay men and the risk of HIV transmission
  • Describe the matrix model of treatment for crystal methamphetamine 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 11
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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New York, NY United States

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