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Opioid Abuse

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Course Overview

Opioid Abuse
Shane Slone

Author: Shane Slone

190 Americans die every day due to opiate overdoses. These occur from both illicit and prescribed users of opiates. In recent years the opiate epidemic has become a mainstream health issue, and opioid abuse was brought to center stage when the President of the United States declared the opioid abuse crisis a  public health emergency. 

The current crisis is a combination of both licit and prescribed users, but the root of the issue remains an ease of access for opiate drugs and synthetics. Nurses can play a pivotal role in curbing the epidemic by being knowledgeable about opiate use disorders, the risks of opiates, and alternatives for pain control. Nurses can use the knowledge in this course to help change the course of patients and reduce the risk of opiates and opioid abuse.

Course Outline

  1. What are Opiates?
  2. Preventing Opioid Abuse, Misuse, and Harm
  3. Appropriate Prescribing
  4. Risk Factors for Opioid Abuse, Opiate Harm or Misuse
  5. Signs of Opioid Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction
  6. Opiate Alternatives
  7. Conclusion
  8. References

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss opioid abuse. It will take the average learner 60 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Discuss the historical and modern implications of opiate use.
  2. Describe the non-opiate alternatives patients may use to treat acute and chronic pain.
  3. Understand how to recognize Opiate Use Disorder and what to do with patients who are high risk.
  4. Identify patients who are high risk for opiate abuse, misuse, and harm.

Target Audience

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course Created on: August 01, 2020

Course Renewed on: August 29th, 2023


Course Expires on: August 29th, 2026

Course Offering: #29