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Free CEU Webinar to Increase Understanding of Teen Drug Trends and Treatment Options

January 19, 2016
Chicago, IL

In response to changing drug trends among teens, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will offer a free Continuing Education webinar for healthcare professionals.

The webinar, "Emerging Teen Drug Trends and Treatment Options," will give participants the opportunity to earn one CEU and learn about new and popular drugs among teens, why they're dangerous, why teens engage in substance abuse and how to talk to them about alcohol and drug abuse.

Webinar presenters include addiction specialists, Gaia Cosgrove-McVey, Adolescent Program Clinical Supervisor at Gateway Carbondale and Rachel Ott, Adult & Adolescent Program Clinical Supervisor at Gateway Carbondale.

"Heroin overdoses are on the rise in Illinois and the abuse of prescription drugs is an ongoing problem among teenagers. Newer drugs such as synthetic marijuana and so-called 'bath salts' are also popular," Ott said. "These are the teen drug trends that healthcare providers need to be aware of so they can watch for signs of drug abuse and advise their patients about the treatment options available to them."

The webinar will be offered on two occasions: Thursday, Jan. 28 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Participants will receive one CEU - NAADAC, Illinois: LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing, Psychologist, IAODAPCA.

Registration in advance is required at and space is limited.

"Drug use among teens is particularly troubling because their brains are still developing," Cosgrove-McVey said. "Young people who abuse drugs and alcohol can suffer from declining grades, impaired learning and emotional development, while putting themselves at risk of addiction and incarceration."

Other drug trends to be discussed include MDMA, also known as Molly or Ecstasy, inhalants, cough syrup and dabs, an extraction of marijuana also known as wax, amber or hash—along with treatment options.

About Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: to help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness, that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the country that specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, providing treatment for men, women, adolescents, and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders.

Gateway's Community Division has treatment centers located throughout Illinois, including Carbondale, Chicago, Lake County, Fox Valley, Springfield, and the St. Louis Metro East area. These centers offer residential and outpatient treatment services for adults, teens, and adolescents accessed through insurance, state funding, and self-pay.

Gateway's professional clinicians help thousands of individuals successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan that treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Learn more about insurance coverage, treatment options, or Gateway's confidential consultation at or call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

Reporters and Editors, for more information, please call Jason Stutz at 312-663-1130.