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Substance-use disorders are becoming the most significant public problem affecting adolescents, with recent work by Merikangas and colleagues showing that 11.4% of adolescents have a substance-use disorder and only 15.4% of those youths receive treatment. Likewise, the 2009 SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed dramatic increases in illicit drug use in older adults. Complications that occur with increasing frequency with age, such as medical comorbidity, cognitive impairment, and frailty, contribute to the potential adverse interactions between substance misuse and an aging brain.
Clinical research is beginning to clarify the consequences of unrecognized substance abuse and/or dependence in these special populations. This presentation will address what is already known about substance abuse, recent research trends, and implications for psychiatric practice.
- Analyze the prevalence of substance-use disorders among adolescents and older adults.
- Assess how to recognize symptoms of withdrawal and initiate specific protocols geared to older populations.
- Discuss evidence-based treatments specific to adolescents and older populations.
Dr. Olivera Bogunovic
Psychiatrist and Co-Founder – Hingham Wellness
Dr. Olivera Bogunovic is a psychiatrist and a co-founder of Hingham Wellness. Dr. Bogunovic is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between psychiatric illness and addiction and has devoted her career to addiction and geriatric psychiatry. She completed medical training at the University of Belgrade and subsequently completed psychiatry residency training at SUNY-Brooklyn.
Dr. Bogunovic obtained sub-specialty training by completing a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at New York University and an addiction psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. Following training, Dr. Bogunovic worked as medical director of an inpatient psychiatry unit, as well as a residential program for women with co-occuring psychiatric and addictive disorders.
In addition to her work at Hingham Wellness, Dr. Bogunovic directs a residential treatment program in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital and is the associate program director of the Partner’s Health Care System addiction psychiatry fellowship program. Dr. Bogunovic’s clinical interests include her development of an outpatient benzodiazepine taper program. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Benjamin Silverman
Psychiatrist and Co-Founder – Hingham Wellness
Dr. Benjamin Silverman is a psychiatrist and a co-founder of Hingham Wellness. Dr. Silverman graduated from college and medical school at the Johns Hopkins University and subsequently completed his psychiatry residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Training program.
Dr. Silverman obtained sub-specialty training by completing fellowship training in addiction psychiatry through the Partners HealthCare System (McLean Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital), as well as fellowship training with the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. In addition to his work at Hingham Wellness, Dr. Silverman is Vice-Chair of Panel B for the McLean Hospital Institutional Review Board and is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, where he teaches ethics to first year medical students and psychiatry residents.
This webinar will provide an overview of synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones, Kratom/mitragynine, and other emerging drugs of abuse. Katherine Steffel will also be including the pharmacologic actions, prevalence of use, and urine drug testing implications for each identified drug of abuse.
- Discuss the pharmacologic actions of emerging drugs of abuse, including synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones, Kratom/mitragynine, and others
- Identify the prevalence of use of emerging drugs of abuse including synthetic and natural drugs
- Discuss urine drug testing implications for each identified drug of abuse
Katherine Steffel, Pharm.D.
Clinical Research Educator – Millennium Laboratories
Katherine Steffel, Pharm.D. is a Clinical Research Educator with Millennium Laboratories. Her background includes clinical, research, and education experience in the field of pharmacy and pain management. Dr. Steffel is a passionate educator and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at The University of California, San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences.
She is actively involved in research and education aimed at improving the lives of those who suffer with pain and / or addiction. Dr. Steffel received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arizona.