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How Use Becomes Abuse

30m of CPD
Geoffrey Ahern
20 September 2017

What constitutes 'drug-seeking' behaviour? Is it always hostile? What are less obvious signs?In this lecture, Geoff Ahern puts forward some techniques to identify drug-seeking behaviour and how opioid use can soon become misuse if not monitored closely.


Geoffrey Ahern


Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively in educating other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems and also substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment, and wonderment.


Udo Hoffmann07 Jul 2018
Another great presentation from Geoff. Thank you :)

Sarah J Finlayson29 May 2018
Great lecture; thank you!

Devika Nandanimala22 May 2018
Good information

Carolyn Stevens29 Oct 2017
Engaging and informative

Ivan Ng19 Oct 2017
Video presentation was insightful. Advocacy of alternative pain therapy should be instilled within the workplace. PRN (S4/S8) medications should be used, in my opinion, only when all other options have failed or have been nullified.

Riza Magnaye18 Oct 2017

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