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Inhalant Use Disorder

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

An inhalant use disorder is diagnosed according to criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and includes the use of traditional categories of inhalants, such as aerosols, gases, nitrites, and solvents. Inhalants are often used to describe volatile substances that the user inhales for a psychoactive effect. Chemicals misused as inhalants are often found in various household products that some United States jurisdictions have started to regulate. Identification and treatment of inhalant use disorder requires partnership with interdisciplinary health professionals in acute care and community settings. Inhalant use disorders require a unique approach by all members of the interdisciplinary health team to raise awareness of the risk, prevention, and available treatment when the misuse of solvents is identified.

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Course Syllabus

I.        Introduction
II.        Overview of Inhalant Use Disorder
III.        Products and Solvents Commonly Used
IV.        Pharmacology
1.        Rapid Absorption
2.        High Lipid Solubility
3.        Rapid Metabolism
 V.       Etiology of Solvent Use Disorder
VI.       Diagnosis of Inhalant Use Disorder
1.        Primary Acute Clinical Effects
2.        Assessment for Inhalant Intoxication
3.        Chronic Clinical Effects
VII.       Inhalant Use Disorder Clinical Care
VIII.      Acute Care of Toxic Exposure
1.        Respiratory Distress
2.        Cardiovascular Abnormalities
3.        Chronic Solvent User
IX.      Case Study: Inhalant Use and Toxic Exposure
X.      Summary


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