Cocaine hydrochloride is a powder that can be snorted or injected. Crack-cocaine can be smoked or injected. Cocaine works by stimulating pleasure-giving neurotransmitters. One of the main neurotransmitters affected by cocaine is dopamine. Although crack can be found in the majority of communities across England and Wales, the level of use, and harm caused, varies considerably. Where levels are high the damage caused to communities is acute. Urgent action is therefore required to reduce the levels of use in the most badly affected areas, and to stop the potential growth of the problem in other areas.
A one or two day cocaine training course focusing on specific interventions, health, psychiatric issues, appropriate treatment and effective ways of working with this client group. The course covers;
- History of crack and cocaine.
- Current world and UK situation.
- Current policy / research documents.
- Who is using crack and cocaine.
- Types of cocaine.
- How cocaine works.
- Health and Psychiatric implications.
Aims and objectives
- Increase knowledge and awareness of the issues relating to crack and cocaine use.
- Increase knowledge of how crack & cocaine is used and the effects upon individual’s physiology and neurology.
- Understand the possible affects on health.
- Understand how specific interventions at relevant stages can increase engagement.
- Increase confidence in working with this client group.
- Increase competence in working with this client group.
Drug and alcohol national occupational standards
- AA1 Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists.
- HSC233 Relate to, and interact with, individuals.
- HSC3111 Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals.
- AB2 Support individuals who are substance users.
- HSC33 Develop your own knowledge and practice.
- AD1 Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects.
- AB5 Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users.
- AG1 Develop, implement and review care plans for individuals.
- AG2 Contribute to care planning and review.
- HSC347 Help individuals to access employment.
- AK3 Enable individuals to access housing and accommodation.