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Identifying & Managing Illicit Drug Use in Adolescents

Contact Hours Awarded: 1.5

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Course Overview

Identifying & Managing Illicit Drug Use in Adolescents

Author: Mallory Lawler

Illicit drug use and opioid overdose deaths are a public health crisis that is beginning to bleed into the school systems. In 2017, 2.2 million adolescents between the ages of 12-17 stated they were currently using illicit substances (5). Due to this increasing number, it is important for every school nurse to recognize the signs of illicit drug use, understand what steps should be taken in the event of an overdose, how to promote prevention programs for students, and understanding how important feeling connected to staff and peers is to an adolescent. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Illicit Drug Use in Adolescents
  2. Factors Leading to Illicit Drug Use 
  3. Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Overdose
  4. Actions to Take for a Student Overdose
  5. Future of Naloxone in Schools
  6. Illicit Drug Use Prevention Programs
  7. Fostering Connectedness in School
  8. Conclusion
  9. References

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss recognizing the signs and symptoms of illicit drug use in adolescents and the interventions a school nurse may need to take. It will take the average learner 90 minutes to complete.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Understand what a substance abuse high and overdose look like.
  2. List the steps to take if a student is experiencing an overdose.
  3. Identify factors that can lead to a student abusing substances.
  4. Recall the National Association of School Nurse’s policy on the use of Narcan in schools.
  5. Learn about different methods available to students to create positive outlooks for their future.

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Conflict of Interest Statement

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

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Course created on: July 28, 2021

Course Expires on: July 28, 2024

Course Offering: #112