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Basics of Pharmacology

This course will review some of the basics of pharmacology, which include:  routes of administration and discussion of terminology (tolerance, agonist, partial agonist, antagonist).  Understanding routes of administration of substances can help clinicians assess addiction potential and other health problems, and develop harm reduction strategies for those who work in harm reduction.  Knowing the difference between an agonist or antagonist or partial agonist will help people understand how some of the medication-assisted treatments work.

Goal:  To review information on pharmacology


  • Describe routes of administration for substances and discuss the pros and cons of each one
  • Define the following terms:  tolerance (learning, metabolic, & cellular), cross-tolerance and cross-dependence, and synergism or potentiation
  • State the definition of agonist, partial agonist, and antagonist drugs and how they apply to our work

Module 1:  Routes of administration
Module 2:  Terminology

This (2-hour) webinar was provided under New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) Education and Training. Provider Certification Number (115) Training under a New York State OASAS Provider Certification is acceptable for meeting all or part of the CASAC/CPP/CPS education and training requirements


The development of these training materials is supported by grant TI082504 (PI: M. Chaple) from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), United States Department of Health and Human Services. The contents are solely the responsibility of the Northeast and Caribbean Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and do not necessarily represent the official views of SAMHSA

July 28, 2020
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