Cocaine – origins,use and interventions


Cocaine and Crack Cocaine are prevalent in most communities across the UK and has been near the top of the European league table (EMCDDA) for cocaine use for decades. This use has permeated through a wide social demographic that includes the middle classes and those on lower incomes.

This one or two day  training course examines the origins and history of cocaine and its varied types of use and the populations who consume it. The training  will focus upon interventions, health impact, associated psychiatric problems and the appropriate methods of engagement and treatment.

This training course covers;

  • History of crack and cocaine
  • Global and UK trade and use
  • Current policy / research documents
  • User groups – who is using?
  • Effects of cocaine and how it works
  • Mental and physical health implications

Course aims;

  • Increased understanding around crack and cocaine use
  • Increased knowledge around routes of administration crack & cocaine use and the effects of use
  • Understanding of the potential affects on health and wellbeing
  • Develop skills and knowledge around interventions and the stages of change
  • Increase confidence and competencies around working with those who use

DANOS Standards.

  • AA1 Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists.
  • 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
  • HSC233 Relate to, and interact with, individuals.