Advanced Pharmacology: Effects of Substances of Abuse

This 1-day workshop will share current research on the effects of drugs of abuse including alcohol, tobacco, heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine. We go beyond pharmacology 101 to understand the impact of drugs of abuse on the brain, body and behavior.

At a glance

What: Advanced Pharmacology: Effects of Substances of Abuse

When: Last offered Dec 15, 2014. Check back for next offering.

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Cost: $150

Continuing education credit: 6 hours (0.6 CEUs)

Instructor: Tom Nelson

Registration closed

For additional information, contact Kristi Obmascher: 608-262-8971

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This workshop is for professionals – substance abuse professionals, health and human services providers, educators, and others – who have a basic understanding of the pharmacology of drugs of abuse but need more comprehensive information.

We will explore neurotransmission—the key to understanding all substances of abuse. We will also address terminology, short- and long-term impact of drugs of abuse, signs and symptoms of abuse, signs and symptoms of withdrawal, and the latest fads and trends. Where data is available, specific information is addressed regarding pediatric populations, women, and other groups.

Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify drugs or substances of abuse that directly affect the reward or pleasure center in the human brain
  • Describe the unique mechanism of action of cannabis
  • Differentiate how the stimulants (amphetamine, methamphetamine, cocaine) differ in the duration of action
  • Recognize how alprazolam (Xanax®) may be more “addicting” than diazepam (Valium®)
  • Define why caffeine is, in theory, a substance of abuse

General information

Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St Madison, WI

Onsite registration is at 8:30 am; workshop 9am–4pm.

Continuing Education Units
0.6 CEU (6 credit hours).

$165 includes instruction, materials, CEUs, refreshments, and a nonrefundable $25 administrative fee. Lunch is on your own.

Visit the Extension Conference Center webpage for information about parking and lodging. Please make your own travel and lodging arrangements.

Registration deadline
To ensure your place and to help us accommodate you, please register as early as possible. If you do not receive an email confirmation before the program, please call 608-262-7942 or 800-725-9692.

Program cancellations
In the event of bad weather or other emergencies, call 608-263-4432 or visit to learn whether a Continuing Studies program or class has been cancelled.

Continuing education credit

Six hours of Professional Continuing Education: 0.6 CEUs

Association of Social Work Boards: UW-Madison Continuing Studies (provider #1042) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. UW-Madison Continuing Studies maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 4/27/2013-4/27/2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in each course will receive 6 continuing education clock hours per day.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
UW-Madison Continuing Studies is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #5990 and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Wisconsin Psychology Examining Board
Each workshop qualifies as a continuing education course relevant to the professional practice of psychology offered by an accredited university.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Theses workshops qualify as a continuing education program offered by an accredited university.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors
Each workshop qualifies as a continuing education course consisting of relevant subject matter taught by qualified presenters.