Combatting the Crisis: Understanding and Intervening in the Opioid Epidemic

Learn about opiates, opioids, drug abuse, and related deaths in the US, including withdrawal symptoms and treatment, in this informative course.

Given the escalating opioid epidemic, it is paramount that healthcare professionals deepen their comprehension of the complexities surrounding opioid abuse. This 2- hour course will elucidate the climbing prevalence of opioids in drug abuse and drug-related fatalities in the United States. Participants will discern the nuanced differences between opiates and opioids, and will be introduced to examples of both natural and synthetic opioids. They will be informed about the major drivers behind the meteoric rise of opioid abuse and will explore the new diagnosis designated to opioid abuse and/or dependence in the DSM V. The course will guide the participants in identifying the signs of opioid abuse and overdose, as well as the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. It will also spotlight the triad of symptoms specific to opioid overdoses. Finally, the course will delve into the initial treatment strategies for an opioid overdose, providing the necessary practical skills to effectively respond to such critical events. This comprehensive understanding will equip healthcare professionals to better identify, intervene, and possibly prevent opioid-related incidents, thus contributing to a healthier society.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the increasing prevalence of opioids in drug abuse and drug-related deaths in the United States.
  2. Distinguish the difference between opiates and opioids.
  3. Name examples of opioids, both natural and synthetic.
  4. Identify the primary factor contributing to the rise of opioid abuse in the United States.
  5. Name the new diagnosis designated to opioid abuse and/or dependence in the DSM V.
  6. Identify signs of opioid abuse.
  7. Identify signs of opioid overdose.
  8. Discuss opioid withdrawal and identify likely signs of this.
  9. Name the three symptoms signs found in the Opioid Overdose Triad.
  10. Discuss the initial treatment of an opioid overdose.

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  • 2.00 ANCC


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