Overamping: Psychostimulant Overdose
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The Harm Reduction Series is designed to provide care givers and providers with information on best practices for caring for individuals who are actively using substances. The education series will teach ways to expand the treatment continuum to include engaging and keeping people safe when they are actively using substances including alcohol, opioids, stimulants, and tobacco. The series is designed for a broad range of audiences and each module will be presented with an expert from the community to provide insight regarding strategies for engagement and implementation.
This training will discuss strategies to identify patients experiencing a stimulant overdose and will focus on particular strategies for the care of a patient experiencing an acute psychosis secondary to psychostimulant ingestion. The warning signs of psychostimulant overdose and strategies to mitigate the harm associated with the patient’s psychotic state will be discussed. De-escalation of patients experiencing psychosis secondary to psychostimulant intoxication in the clinic and community setting will be reviewed.
CE/CME credits pending approval.
The entire multidisciplinary team providing treatment for substance use disorders in an office-based setting as well as anyone in a clinical or non-clinical position that is interested in learning about harm reduction.
Participants will review the epidemiology of stimulant use in the United States and the corresponding risk of psychostimulant overdose.
Participants will be able to identify the signs and symptoms of overamping.
Participants will be able to name the 5 Ds of risks associated with the occurrence of overamping.
Participants will be able to employ the AGRO+ de-escalation strategy for patients experiencing overamping.
Participants will be able to devise strategies to reduce the risks of overamping as well as contingency plans for what to do if overamping should occur.
Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction, Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.
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