Current Trends in Drug Abuse: What Professionals Need to Know

Understand current issues and data trends in substance abuse as presented by a leading national expert. Learn about the changing nature and extent of drug abuse and how its consequences affect clients, families, communities and service providers.

Key Program Information
Categories Continuing Education Health Care Human Services
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face

Who Should Attend

Physicians, RNs, health care workers, social workers, teachers, and police officers.

Young woman looks longingly into the distance.

Program Description

Substance abuse and addiction: trends, data and implications.

Prescription medications, if used appropriately, have the power to restore lives and improve functioning. Yet prescription drugs, if abused, can have tragic results and often start a progression to addiction. While some are marketed as safe and legal, the abuse of these substances overflows emergency rooms with people experiencing serious, adverse effects. Furthermore, the growing use of marijuana that is now approved for recreational and medicinal use in some states has far-reaching implications.  How does it affect medical practice? What is the effect it has in workplaces? Communities? In young people? This fast-paced and comprehensive training session, presented by one of the nation's leading experts, includes the most recent data and context relating to the nature and extent of these major drug abuse trends.

Presentation will focus on:

  • Opioid abuse and addiction
  • The return of methamphetamines
  • Emerging synthetic compounds
  • The growing use of marijuana
  • How parents, communities, schools and professionals can start taking action to address these issues

If you are concerned about how substance abuse and addition are affecting our community join us for a free community forum presentation, The Changing Landscape of Drug Abuse: A Community Forum, September 21 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

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Carol Falkowski has been articulate voice in the national drug abuse arena for more than three decades. She is author of the reference book, Dangerous Drugs. Since 1986 Falkowski has been part of an ongoing nationwide epidemiological drug abuse surveillance network of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. As director of the Minnesota State alcohol and drug abuse agency, she oversaw the administration of public funds for prevention, treatment and recovery services in Minnesota. Former director of research communications at the Hazelden Foundation, Falkowski has delivered workshops on drug abuse to professional and community audiences throughout the country, and delivered expert testimony to numerous legislative bodies. 


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