Substance abuse and mental health counselors, social workers, nurses, recovery counselors and interested human services professionals.
Pink. Johnnys. Smart Drugs. Speedball. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the ever-changing drug trends and street names. Learn about the new and dangerous substances emerging on the drug scene, their clinical effects, how they’re obtained, how they’re used, how overdoses are treated and how these drugs impact communities. We will also take a closer look at vaping/JUULing as youth are using at alarming rates.
Upon completion of this workshop:
• Identify new and emerging drugs of abuse, nature and route of ingestion, range of effects, toxicity, detection methods and legal considerations.
• Explain how opioids work, signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, use of naloxone and Iowa’s Naloxone Access Law.
• Learn more about how social media is grabbing the attention of youth and providing an avenue for misinformation about vaping/JUULing devices and products.
• Explain the short-term health effects regarding the dangers of liquid nicotine
Linda Kalin, RN, BS, CSPI, is the Executive Director of the Iowa Poison Control Center. She has more than 25 years of experience in clinical toxicology and poison center activities. Linda began her career as an emergency room nurse and in 1989 became Iowa’s first Certified Specialist in Poison Information. She is an adjunct faculty member and preceptor for the University of Iowa and Drake’s College of Pharmacy and was awarded Preceptor of the Year from both schools. She is a frequent lecturer and speaker on topics involving drugs of abuse.
Joy Gonnerman is a Prevention Specialist at Jackson Recovery Centers. She is originally from Minnesota where she owned an education business that taught lessons of empathy, respect and responsibility. A few years after moving to Iowa, she began her career at Jackson as a recovery counselor in the adolescent units. Her passion for removing stigma and shame from the vulnerable is a good fit in Prevention where she now works with her dog, Loyola. Together, they help youth learn how to feel good about themselves without chemicals.