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Current Drug Trends in the Southeast


Although many substances are commonly known related to substance misuse in the southeastern United States, the trends around levels of use have shifted for some substances in recent years.  Additionally, there are new, novel substances that are being utilized as well.  This session will explore novel psychoactive substances, resources to identify regional trends, and current and emerging substances of concern particular to the southeast.  Clinical approaches to treatment will also be reviewed.

Tentative objectives:

  1. Describe the concept of NPS (novel psychoactive; substances)
  2. List resources to identify regional trends
  3. Identify current substances of concern and future substances of concern
  4. Articulate two clinical approaches to treatment


Dr Steve Straubing is   an addictionologist at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare in Gainesville, Florida since 2014.  Meridian is a nonprofit facility providing addiction, psychiatry and primary care services to several thousand individuals at multiple locations throughout  North Central Florida.  Most of Meridian’s patients are underinsured and many are unhoused and have had little to no preventive care and are present with multiple medical, psychiatric and substance use problems.

Dr Straubing treats patients in Meridian’s inpatient detoxification unit and is the medical director of the Meridian methadone clinics in Gainesville and Chiefland Florida.  In addition, he treats patients in the buprenorphine and Vivitrol clinics.  He also consults in the Meridian inpatient rehabilitation unit.

He is a faculty member at both the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida and instructs both third year medical students and psychiatry residents that rotate through Meridian.

He is board certified both in Addiction Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology and completed a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida and residency in Ob/Gyn at the University of Cincinnati. He also completed a fellowship in Medical Bioethics given by the Medical College of Wisconsin in conjunction with the AMA.

His primary clinical interests include optimizing the interface between detoxification and the transition to continuing care, harm reduction and training the next generation of physicians in Addiction Medicine.  He has a keen interest in applying neurobiological principles to rational therapy for substance use disorders.

Dr. Steve Straubing is a consultant for the Opioid Response Network and has given training sessions on multiple topics pertaining to Opioid Use Disorder to a variety of professionals. He is also a mentor for the Providers Clinical Support System {PCSS}.

Starts: Jul. 24, 2024 1:00 pm
Ends: Jul. 24, 2024 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
July 24, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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