Opioid Abuse: Special Populations and Prevention (NA1871)

Author(s): Patsy Barnes, RN, BA

Pre-Approved for: CA BRN, CCAPP, CCM, CDMS, CE Broker Provider, CVRP, Delaware BON, FCB, MCBAP-Specific , NAADAC

Credit Hours: 12

CCM Credit Hours: 6

CDMS Credit Hours: 6

Course Format

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.

Course Overview

This course is a detailed discussion on opioid abuse. We start by discussing the basics of opioid abuse and then transition to the current opioid epidemic, its origins, and impacts. From there, we will focus on the variety of treatment options available and discuss the barriers to treatment that exist.

With that foundation we will do a deep dive into how opioid abuse impacts different people from all cultures, backgrounds, and ages. In this course, we will focus specifically on the special populations of veterans, Native Americans, prisoners, and the elderly.

We will then end the course by discussing prevention and the way forward. The discussion will range from standard measures of prevention to new federal mandates being put in combat the growing opioid problem

****CCAPP STUDENTS - PLEASE READ - Please note any course over 8 CEUs/Contact Hours/Hours, must be completed over a 72 hour (or more) time period. Your course start date is the date of purchase, and your completion date is when you have passed your test. For example, 'Completed 7/1/2024 - 7/6/2024'

Course Objectives

  1. Discuss opioid abuse and the origins of the current epidemic.

  2. List available treatment options, including traditional and complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments.

  3. Identify treatment barriers for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

  4. Explain how opioid abuse has affected special populations and the various processes that have begun to treat the abuse.

  5. Present the findings of The President's Commission On Combating Drug Addiction And The Opioid Crisis and the recommendations of that commission.

  6. Discuss the importance of prevention and what steps are being taken to prevent ongoing opioid abuse.

Course Outline

  1. Big Pharma and the opioid crisis

  2. Great opioid debate of 2012

  3. Opioid abuse in veterans

  4. Opioid abuse in elderly

  5. Opioid abuse in Native American communities

  6. Opioid abuse and prison populations

  7. Treatment for opioid use disorder and barriers to treatment

  8. Pain management with opioids in chronic pain

  9. Difficulty of treating pain for patients with SUD

  10. Findings of federal commission on opioid abuse

  11. Prevention
    a. Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing guidelines for general healthcare providers
    b. The Joint Commission's new pain guidelines
    c. CDC new opioid prescribing
    d. SBIRT

Customer Testimonial

This was an unusually balanced presentation. It often offered perspectives from both sides of various issues.
James C.