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Course # 66992 • Club Drugs


The drugs methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), ketamine, flunitrazepam, and gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), collectively known as "club drugs," have become widely used by college students and by a segment of the youth population that attends all-night dance parties known as "raves." This course will provide the most pertinent up-to-date information regarding the demographics and characteristics of club drug users, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, clinical signs and symptoms, and available treatment for persons experiencing acute or long-term adverse effects of club drug toxicity.

Education Category: Psychiatric / Mental Health

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Expiration Date: 12/31/2021


This advanced course is designed for psychologists who are involved in the evaluation or treatment of persons who use club drugs or whose past club drug use has resulted in untoward effects.


Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 3 credit(s).

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to enhance the ability of psychologists to effectively identify, diagnose, treat, and provide appropriate referrals for patients who use club drugs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Outline the history of club drug use.
  2. Discuss the epidemiology of club drug use in the United States.
  3. Outline the pharmacology, clinical effects, and treatment of MDMA abuse.
  4. Describe the pharmacology, clinical effects, and treatment of GHB and ketamine abuse.
  5. Discuss the pharmacology, clinical effects, and treatment of flunitrazepam abuse, including its association with the facilitation of sexual assault.
  6. Describe the importance of utilizing an interpreter when assessing club drug use in non-English-proficient patients.


Mark Rose, BS, MA, is a licensed psychologist and researcher in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction based in Minnesota. He has written or contributed to the authorship of numerous papers on addiction and other medical disorders and has written books on prescription opioids and alcoholism published by the Hazelden Foundation. He also serves as an Expert Advisor and Expert Witness to various law firms on matters related to substance abuse, is on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis-based International Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine, and is a member of several professional organizations.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Mark Rose, BS, MA, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

James Trent, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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