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Substance Use, Misuse and Abuse for Nurses

Speciality Classification
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Healthy Child, eLH, NHS

This session will enable you to understand the concepts of substance use, substance misuse and substance abuse. It will describe the effects of misuse of common substances. It will also describe the value and consequences of substance misuse for adolescents. This session will be most useful for GP's or those working in the community.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Define the concepts of substance use, misuse and abuse
  • Describe the effects of misuse of common substances
  • Recognise the value of substance misuse from an adolescent’s viewpoint
  • Identify the consequences of substance use and misuse at the physical, cognitive, psychosocial and legal levels


Substance misuse, including the misuse of alcohol, tobacco, inhalants and other drugs, is widespread among adolescents both in the UK and internationally. The rates of alcohol and cannabis misuse in boys and girls, under sixteen years in the UK, are among the highest in Europe.

Instructors / Speakers
Amma Oppong,
Consultant Community Paediatrician

Amma Oppong-Odiseng is a consultant community paediatrician. She was formerly employed by Derby City PCT and worked with vulnerable adolescents. She is a graduate of Nottingham University Medical School, and has an MD in Adolescent Health. She completed EuTeach in 2006, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Substance Use, Misuse and Abuse for Nurses
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Addiction Medicine, Children and young peoples health, Substance abuse
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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