2020-1: Psychiatric Nurses' Knowledge of Misused and Diverted Medications

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2020-1: Psychiatric Nurses' Knowledge of Misused and Diverted Medications

This presentation will explore the complex relationships among mental health conditions, co-morbid substance use disorders and treatment adherence. The nonmedical use of amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, gabapentinoids, hypnotics, opioids, second generation antipsychotics, stimulants, and over-the-counter medications continues to produce poor outcomes in individuals diagnosed with co-occurring substance use disorders. From a harm reduction standpoint, healthcare workers should understand the basic risks for patients prescribed medications with potential for misuse, especially in the adolescent/young adult population.

  Kelly Carlson, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC, CNE and Corey Potter, RN, BSN

Disclosures:  The presenters and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label use of medications will not be discussed during this presentation.

Session Length:
  30 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN

Learning Outcome:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss how prescribed psychiatric medications could be misused.

Keywords:  Substance Use Disorder, Opioid Use Disorder

Price: Free

Nursing Continuing Professional Development:
0.5 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to the entire session, complete an evaluation, honor statement, and earn a passing score on the post test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post test. Once you have passed and completed the evaluation and honor statement, your nursing continuing professional development certificate will be generated online and available for immediate printing. Credit cannot be earned unless all components of the program are completed. No partial credit can be awarded.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 6H79TI080816 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


Originally Presented in Poster Format
APNA 34th Annual Conference Virtual
Wednesday, October 2, 2020
7:15am – 9:15am

Release date: January 8, 2021
The contact hours for this session expire:  January 31, 2024

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