This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.
This course is a wide ranging presentation of opioid abuse, the current opioid epidemic, the history of opioids, and measures being taken to combat the problem. We will present the history of pain management and the beginning of the opioid epidemic in the United States. We will review the history of the crisis, current statistics, and efforts being taken to prevent the spread of abuse. We will highlight new recommendations from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) for prescribing opioids and thoughts on managing chronic pain rather than using opioid medications. With the increase in the abuse of heroin and fentanyl, there has been a marked increase in the overdose death rate. In this course we will provide an overdose toolkit for medical professionals as well as community members.