27-Aug-14 9:45 AM  CST

DEA Drugs of Abuse Resource Guide Provides Good Information for Pharmacy Technician Students and Patients

With the final ruling of hydrocodone combination products going from Schedule III to Schedule II, there will be many questions for patients and pharmacy technicians alike. In the meantime, the U.S. Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) have a great resource available on their web site for download. “Drugs of Abuse: A Resource Guide,” can benefit students studying for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and can give patients more info about controlled substances. Please note that the report does not include the latest info about the rescheduling of hydrocodone combination products, but still gives other relevant information about the most abused drugs.

 

  • Controlled Substance Act.  The report gives the definition of the Controlled Substance Act, along with more detailed information about the act and how it plays an integral part in pharmaceutical history.

 

  • Schedule of drugs. The schedule of controlled substances is also very important for new pharmacy technicians to know, especially given the new ruling. Technicians may need to explain the difference between these different drug schedules to patients.

 

  • Types of drugs. “Drugs of Abuse: A Resource Guide” also gives clear definitions of narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, marijuana/cannabis, steroids, inhalants, and other drugs of interest to pharmacy technicians.

 

            Michele M. Leonhart, DEA Administrator, commented on the report in the latest “Drugs of Abuse” edition. “With the knowledge contained in this edition, you can make smart choices for yourself, and help others avoid this tragedy that inevitably comes from drug abuse and addiction,” said Leonhart. Even though the report was published in earlier years, it still provides information still relevant to the pharmacy world today.  The full report can be accessed by going to the DEA’s web site at www.dea.gov.

 

 

 

Sources: 

1. “Drugs of Abuse: A Resource Guide”  Web. Date of Access: 25 Aug 2014.


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Source: Jennifer S. O’Reilly  

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