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The Hallucinogenic Brain: Diagnosis And Treatment

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 3.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Users of hallucinogens and dissociative drugs are often drawn in by the promise of a relaxed, vivid dream-like state. However, the truth is that these drugs often leave the user unable to differentiate between fantasy and reality, disrupting their ability to think and communicate and leading to intense feelings of panic and paranoia. An array of physical effects, in the worst-case scenario, can be fatal. Clinicians must be prepared to address the psychiatric and physical effects of hallucinogen drug use as well as addiction treatment. This is the first in a two-part series on hallucinogens.

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Course Syllabus

I.            Introduction

II.          The Hallucinogenic Experience

III.        Emergency Evaluation And Differential Diagnosis

1.   Urine Drug Screen

2.   Laboratory Testing And Imaging Procedures

IV.         Treatment And Management Of Hallucinogen Use

V.           Emergency Medical Care

VI.         Goals Of Pharmacotherapy

1.   Lorazepam

2.   Diazepam

3.   Midazolam

4.   Haloperidol

VII.      Inpatient And Outpatient Care

1.   Transfer of Patients

VIII.    Psychedelic Medication And Illness

1.   Types of Psychedelic Drugs

2.   Anxiety

3.   Addiction

4.   Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

5.   Previous Research

6.   Potential Risks and Benefits

7.   Future Research

IX.         Designer Drugs

1.   Epidemiology

2.   Bath Salts

3.   Synthetic Cannabinoids

4.   Synthetic Hallucinogens

5.   Drug Testing

6.   Screening And Assessment

7.   Management of Acute Intoxication

8.   Treatment

X.           Summary


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