Stimulants 101 – CEU’s

This one-hour training is intended to provide an overview of stimulant use disorders. Topics include stigma, pharmacology, and physiology of methamphetamines and cocaine, identifying stimulant overdose (overamping), managing acute stimulant intoxication, de-escalation techniques, and evidence-based treatment for people with stimulant use disorders.

Intended audience

Medical providers, nurses, social workers, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC), Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselors (CADC), Community Health Workers (CHW), recovery coaches, counselors, Licensed Mental health Counselors (LMHC), and members of the community.

Speakers

Justin Alves, MSN, FNP-BC, ACRN, CARN, CNE (he/him)

Justin is a clinical nurse educator with Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance, where he contributes to peer-reviewed publications, evidence-based clinical guidelines, development and delivery of continuing education programs, and other resources for providers supporting patients with substance use disorders. Justin is also a nurse practitioner at Boston Medical Center and the nursing director of two housing first programs operated by the Justice Resource Institute, Inc. He has expertise in infectious diseases and their co-occurrence with substance use disorders, community outreach, and harm reduction. Justin’s work in HIV/AIDS includes being president of the Boston Chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, consulting for the New England AIDS Education Training Center, and other positions. He currently sits on the stimulant work group for the Opioid Response Network (ORN), the advisory board of the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and the item writing committee for the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB). Justin received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Northeastern University in 2013, his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 2020, and his Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2023. He also holds certification as a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse (CARN) through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB), certification as an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN) through the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB), and is a certified nurse educator (CNE) through the National League of Nursing.

Brittany L. Carney, DNP, FNP-BC (she/her)

Brittany (Britt) is a clinical nurse educator for Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance. After starting her professional career at Boston Medical Center, she is thrilled to return to her roots supporting patients with substance use and caring for adolescent patients. She is a doctorally prepared, board-certified family nurse practitioner. Her passion is caring for youth and families, especially those with substance use disorder. Her clinical interests include adolescents/young adults, co-occurring mental health disorders, optimizing safety/overdose prevention, and improving continuity of care among DCF/DYS-involved youth. She has over a decade of experience working in addiction medicine from clinical operations to education/training. She pursued her DNP degree to continue to work to bring best practices into clinical care. Britt has published on various topics, including stigma for youth, caring for adolescents with substance use disorders and the role of addiction training for providers. She has also co-authored a book chapter on caring for adolescents with substance use. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and AMERSA (The Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction). She received her Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master’s in Nursing degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Graduate School of Nursing. She also has a Master’s in Medical Science from Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine.

Objectives

  • Understand the role of psychostimulants in the overdose epidemic and recognize population disparities.
  • Recognize signs of stimulant intoxication, overdose (overamping) and withdrawal.
  • Identify evidenced-based interventions for acute stimulant intoxication and post-acute care for StUD.
  • Describe the basic principles of de-escalation to promote safety for patients with active stimulant use and their caregivers.
  • Identify health risks associated with stimulant use and how to apply harm reduction interventions.

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Event Details

Date:
June 4, 2024
Time:
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Cost:
free