ATrain Education


Continuing Education for Health Professionals

Designer Drugs: Bath Salts, Synthetic Cannabinoids, and Synthetic Hallucinogens

Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Lauren Robertson earned a BA in Biology from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of California at San Francisco.

Lauren is the founder and co-owner of ATrain Education ( and she has written or co-written more than two hundred courses on a wide range of topics for her continuing education website. She is certified as a trainer on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

  • Contact hours:
  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 3
  • Expiration date: June 1, 2020
  • Course price: $26

Course Summary

Designer drugs are synthetic compounds whose molecular structures have been modified based on chemically similar illicit drugs. The newly created substances can often be purchased legally because their modified chemical structures are not covered under existing drug laws. Since, in many cases, designer drugs are not yet illegal, they are inaccurately referred to as “legal highs” or “herbal highs.” This course gives an overview of the types of designer drugs and describes the challenges related to testing and assessment of designer drug use as wells as goals for treatment of designer drug addiction.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Context and Environment; Category 2—Professional Issues, Contemporary Issues and Trends

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Provide a definition of the term designer drugs.
  • Describe three key aspects of synthetic cathinones.
  • Explain three ways in which synthetic cannabinoids differ from cannabis.
  • List three clinical features of synthetic hallucinogen misuse.
  • Describe two challenges related to testing and assessment of designer drug use.
  • Explain two overall goals for the treatment of designer drug addiction.

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