Prescription Opioids and Heroin (DA2068)
Author(s): Patsy Barnes, RN, BA
Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CCAPP, Delaware BON, Florida BON, MCBAP-Specific, NAADAC, RNs
Credit Hours: 2
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This research paper, generated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), provides information on the abuse of prescription opioids and heroin, offering a framework by which to evaluate, treat, and manage the individual’s needs.
II. Prescription opioid use is a risk factor for heroin use
III. Heroin use is rare in prescription drug users
IV. Prescription opioids and heroin have similar effects, different risk factors
V. A subset of people who abuse prescription opioids may progress to heroin use
VI. Increased drug availability is associated with increased use and overdose
VII. Heroin use is driven by its low cost and high availability
VIII. Emphasis is needed on both prevention and treatment
- Enhance assessment of the patient's condition and determine the best treatment method in collaboration with the patient and, when possible and desired, the patient's family and caregivers
- Understand staggering abuse of prescription opioids and heroin
- Improve techniques for diagnosing and treating individuals struggling with prescription opioids and heroin