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Stimulants and Overamping

This webinar will provide knowledge regarding how to identify patients experiencing a stimulant overdose including caring for a patient experiencing an acute psychosis secondary to psychostimulant ingestion. In addition, the warning signs of psyschostimulant overdose and steps to mitigate the harm associated with the patient's psychotic state will be reviewed. Finally, the webinar will offer specific de-escalation strategies for these patients in both clinical and community settings.




  1. Summarize the role of psychostimulants in the overdose epidemic and recognize population disparities.

  2. Recognize differences in the neurobiological response of different stimulant use.

  3. Identify commonly used stimulants and their routes of use.

  4. Identify overamping events in the community and hospital setting and recognize strategies that might be used as effective de-escalation techniques for this population


Presenter: Justin Alves, MSN, FNP-BC, ACRN, CARN, CNE (he/him) Clinical Nurse Educator

Justin is a clinical nurse educator with Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance, where he contributes to peer-reviewed publications, evidence-based clinical guidelines, development and delivery of continuing education programs, and other resources for providers supporting patients with substance use disorders. Justin is also a nurse practitioner at Boston Medical Center and the nursing director of two housing first programs operated by the Justice Resource Institute, Inc. He has expertise in infectious diseases and their co-occurrence with substance use disorders, community outreach, and harm reduction. Justin's work in HIV/AIDS includes being president of the Boston Chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, consulting for the New England AIDS Education Training Center, and other positions. He currently sits on the stimulant work group for the Opioid Response Network (ORN), the advisory board of the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and the item writing committee for the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB). Justin received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Northeastern University in 2013, his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 2020, and his Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2023. He also holds certification as a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse (CARN) through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB), certification as an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN) through the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB), and is a certified nurse educator (CNE) through the National League of Nursing.

Starts: Jan. 24, 2024 12:00 pm
Ends: Jan. 24, 2024 1:30 pm
Registration Deadline
January 24, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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