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Opioid Epidemic: The Crisis Continues

Pill bottle full of opioids.


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

Contact hours: 2.5
AOTA CEUs: 0.25
Expiration date: December 31, 2024
Course price: $15*

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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.

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Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants*.

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023 ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.25 CEUs, introductory, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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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Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support Disclosure

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

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.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.