August 25, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
August Lecture Series
The Evolving Drug Culture: Emerging Drugs of Abuse
Speaker: John R. Colaluca, DO, FASAM, ABAM, MRO
Date: Friday, August 25, 2017
Registration 8:30 – 9 a.m.
Program runs from 9 – 12 p.m.
Continuing Education Credit: 3 CEU
Lakeview Health (True North Conference Center)
1900 Corporate Square Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Use of new synthetic drugs has emerged as a phenomenon of the internet age. These substances, new designer drugs produced in clandestine laboratories, are labeled as household products in some cases and deceptively marketed as “legal highs” over the internet where they are promoted and sold. The sale and use of these substances, first identified in the mid-2000s in Western Europe has rapidly spread globally, now as illicit drugs, since they have been banned in most jurisdictions. The most prominent of these substances are the synthetic cathinones, cannabinoids, and opiates. These substances are characterized by laboratory analysis and considerable information is now available about the epidemiology, pharmacology, and common morbidities associated with their use. Given the rapid expansion of use of these substances a review of what is known about them has importance for educators, clinicians, and policy makers.
- Describe the origins, prevalence, and mechanism of action of synthetic drugs of abuse.
- Compare and contrast the synthetic drugs with their natural counterparts.
- Discuss the current trends in legislation, the role of internet communications in the emergence and distribution of drugs of abuse.
About the Speaker:
Dr. John R. Colaluca, Medical Director at the Farley Center
Dr. John R. Colaluca graduated from Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992. He received his residency at Tulane University, Department of Internal Medicine and has experience in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine in both a hospital setting and private practice respectively. In 2002, Dr. Colaluca began his Addiction Medicine focus as an attending physician at Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center with a 12 year tenure evaluating and treating licensed professionals. Dr. Colaluca is ASAM certified and board certified in Addiction Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Colaluca is a certified Medical Review Officer.
In 2014, Dr. Colaluca accepted the position of Medical Director at the Farley Center in Williamsburg, VA. Since arriving, Dr. Colaluca has become an active member in local recovery community. He is the Treasurer of the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a participating member of the Like Minded Docs organization. Dr. Colaluca is also the acting Chairman of the Board for the Triangle Stepping Stones Club House, a non-profit organization that exists to help all those in the local recovery community have a place to gather.
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