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Opioid Epidemic: The Crisis Continues

Pill bottle full of opioids.


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     Tracey Long, RN, PhD, APRN
     Sara E. Wilson, BA

Contact hours: 2.5
Expiration date: December 31, 2023
Course price: $15

Course Summary

If you are a healthcare professional, you have a role in our nation’s opioid epidemic. From those who prescribe to those who administer opioids, everyone plays a part in helping or hurting those seeking opioids for pain relief. This course discusses the causes, definitions of use and abuse, pharmacodynamics, and prevention and treatment strategies for this serious issue in healthcare.

The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors
    Category 2—Occupational Therapy Process, Outcomes

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Name 3 of the five points stated by the government in announcing a national emergency about opioids.
  2. Identify at least 2 of the causes of the opioid crisis.
  3. List 6 of the withdrawal symptoms of opioid overdose.
  4. Name the 3 opioid receptors in the human brain.
  5. Describe 3 opioid addiction screening tools.
  6. Identify and discuss the 1 most used medication for reversal of opioid overdose.