T02 - Designer Street Drugs: Spice, K2 & Bath Salts - Treatment Center Tour and Workshop
Friday, August 22
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Limited 30 Participants, $25 Fee*)
David Ohlms MD, Medical Director for Chemical Dependency Services, CenterPointe Hospital
The drug landscape is changing. Treatment professionals see it daily in their practices and the public sees disturbing stories regularly in the media. In addition to the dramatic increase in heroin abuse, use of synthetic or “designer” drugs are drastically increasing as well. These synthetic drugs mimic the effect of cocaine, marijuana, LSD, and methamphetamine, and users mistakenly believe these drugs are safer than harder drugs.
Dr. David Ohlms, expert addictionologist and medical director of addiction treatment services at CenterPointe Hospital, has seen first-hand how the use of these substances impacts users. During his lecture, Dr. Ohlms will provide pertinent, up-to-date information about this disturbing trend.
Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
- Recognize the names and general properties of commonly used designer drugs, including “Spice, bath salts, and K2.”
- Implement and attain a better understanding of the chemistry associated with these compounds.
- Describe recent epidemiological trends in designer drug use.
- Recognize signs and symptoms of use of these substances and leverage other resources (e.g. toll-free information lines, websites, notification systems, etc.) for information and support to treat patients abusing these substances.
*There is a $25 registration fee, but all attendees will receive a $25 American Express gift card at the conclusion of the event. Registration is required to attend; seating is limited.