This is an information booster and refresher course for addiction professionals. It provides current information on the issues, facts, and figures for ten drugs being used and abused today. Each of the drugs is addressed according to the following topics: Overview, extent of use, health effects, treatment, arrests and sentencing, production and trafficking, legislation, and street terms. The course pulls together the latest information published on these topics.
There are two primary objectives for this course.
• The student is to learn the key drug policy issues, policy concepts, and policy options.
• The student is to learn the facts and figures for ten drugs being used and abused today.
f. Prescription drugs
h. Club drugs
j. Crack cocaine
These facts and figures include learning an overview, extent of use, health effects, treatment, arrests and sentencing, production and trafficking, legislation, and street terms.
Your Course Instructor:
Robert Shearer, PhD
Dr. Robert A. Shearer is a retired professor of criminal justice in the College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University. He has been teaching, training, consulting, and conducting research in the fields of criminal justice, human behavior, and addictions for over thirty-six years. He is the author of over sixty professional and refereed articles in criminal justice and behavior. He is also the author of Interviewing: Theories, Techniques, and Practices, 5th edition published by Prentice Hall. Dr. Shearer has also created over a dozen measurement, research, and assessment instruments in criminal justice and addictions including Law Enforcement Strategies Scale (LSS), Correctional Strategies Scale (CSS), Probation Strategies Scale (PSS), Correctional Treatment Resistance Scale (CTRS), the Comprehensive Substance Abuse Counseling Orientation Inventory (CSACOI), and the Substance Abuse Consequences Scale (SACS).
He has been a psychotherapist in private practice and served as a consultant to dozens of local, state, and national agencies. He has taught courses in interviewing, human behavior, substance abuse counseling, drugs and crime, and correctional counseling. He is currently developing an Interrogation Tactics Scale that measures levels of approval of coercion in interrogations with suspected offenders.
He has been the president of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counseling and editor of the Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling. Recently, Dr. Shearer completed a survey of the beliefs of over 300 substance abuse counselors in a large correctional system in the southwestern U.S. He is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma.