The Nurse's Role in the Opioid Epidemic Nursing CE Course

This 1-hour course discusses prescription opioid drugs, including alternatives to opioids for managing and treating pain, and the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion. The purpose of this activity is to review terminology regarding the opioid epidemic and examine the pathophysiology, contributing factors, clinical manifestations, evaluation, and evidence-based management strategies of opioid misuse.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, the learner will be prepared to: 

  • define the terms opioid, drug misuse, opioid use disorder (OUD), medication-assisted treatment (MAT), morphine milligram equivalent (MME), and prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP)
  • discuss the background of the opioid epidemic, including risk factors for opioid misuse
  • describe the pathophysiology of opioid pain management and OUD
  • describe the clinical manifestations of OUD, including relevant history and physical examination findings
  • discuss evaluation and treatment strategies for patients with OUD, including alternative management of chronic pain
  • recognize the most common examples of opioid diversion and the nurse's role in education and advocacy related to the opioid epidemic

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Shannon Moreland, DNP

Faith Selchick, DNP

Megan Roberts, FNP Learner Disclosure Form is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Our ANCC provider number is P0600.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC


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