Course Summary and Description:
This course is based on information found in the manual Clinical Drug Testing in Primary Care (TAP 32) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This manual is DHHS publication No. (SMA) 12-4668 and can be obtained free of charge from the DHHS.
The course is designed for clinicians and counselors who provide primary care in office settings and community health centers. Information is provided that will assist in deciding whether to introduce drug testing in practices and gives guidance on implementing drug testing. Ways that drug testing can contribute to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients and identification and treatment of substance use disorders is provided.
About the Instructor:
Dr. John H. Tinsley is a former assistant professor of Medical Physiology at the Texas A&M University System College of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; M.S. from the University of North Carolina; and his B.S. from the University of Oklahoma.
He has been teaching, training, consulting and conducting research in the fields of Medical Physiology and Behavioral Biology for over twenty-nine years. Dr. Tinsley has authored over twenty-five professional and refereed articles, including invited reviews. He has been a member of the American Society for Physiology, and work done in 2001 led to an international award from The European Society on Microcirculation. Dr. Tinsley has received research funding from the Veteran’s Administration, American Heart Association, and Scott and White Hospital. In addition, he has served on numerous review committees for national grant-funding agencies and scientific journals.