4014-16: The Explosion of a New Designer Drug - Flakka: Implications for Practice

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Recorded On: 10/22/2016

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4014-16: The Explosion of a New Designer Drug - Flakka: Implications for Practice

Designer drugs are becoming more prevalent and nurses play a key role in prevention, education and detection of these dangerous agents in the healthcare setting.  This session looks at the need for nurses to be aware of a new synthetic designer drug, Flakka, and how to manage patients in the acute phase of the drug’s ingestion.

Presenter: Deborah Ann Salani, DNP, PMHNP-BC, ARNP

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

Session Length:  39 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN

Session Objectives
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the increased use of synthetic designer drugs and the implication for healthcare professionals. 
  2. Identify signs and symptoms of Flakka use.
  3. Utilize the information about Flakka to ensure safety of patients and healthcare workers and proper management of patients who ingested Flakka.

Keywords: Flakka, Synthetic Drugs, Designer Drugs, Cathinone, Substance Use 

Continuing Nursing Education
0.75 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, 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 and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

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

Originally Presented
APNA 30th Annual Conference
Hartford, Connecticut
Saturday, October 22
10:15am - 11:00am 

Release Date: February 21, 2017
The contact hours for this session expire: November 30, 2019


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