Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs - Updated

$3.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Beginning


CE Course Description

Hallucinogens and dissociative drugs can disrupt a person’s ability to think and communicate rationally, or even to recognize reality, sometimes resulting in bizarre or dangerous behavior.  This CE course compiles scientific information on the dangers of hallucinogenic and dissociative drugs.

Author:  National Institute on Drug Abuse.  (2015, February).  Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs Including LSD, Psilocybin, Peyote, DMT, Ayahuasca, PCP, Ketamine, Dextromethorphan, and Salvia.  NIH Publication Number 15-4209.


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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings.  Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; 2014.  HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4887.  NSDUH Series H-49.

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Retrieved from:  https://www.drugabuse.gov/

CE Course Objectives

1.  Explain how the dissociative drug, salvia, causes its effects.

2.  Identify the most common source of abused Dextromethorphan.

3.  Name one of the most potent mood- and perception-altering hallucinogenic drugs.

4.  Summarize the tolerance experienced for hallucinogenic drugs and name which hallucinogen does not produce tolerance.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  What Are Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs?

a.  Classic Hallucinogens

b.  Dissociative Drugs

2.  How Widespread Is the Abuse of Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs?

3.  Why Do People Take Hallucinogenic or Dissociative Drugs?

4.  How Do Hallucinogens (LSD, Psilocybin, Peyote, DMT, and Ayahuasca)

a.  Affect the Brain and Body?

b.  How Do Hallucinogens Work?

c.  What Are the Short-Term Effects of Hallucinogens?

d.  What Are the Long-Term Effects of Hallucinogens?

5.  What Are the Effects of Common Dissociative Drugs on the Brain and Body?

a.  How Do Dissociative Drugs Work?

b.  What Are the Short-Term Effects of Dissociative Drugs?

c.  What Are the Long-Term Effects of Dissociative Drugs?



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.

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Added On: 2019-06-03

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