Opioids as MedicationsPage 1 of 17


   Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN
  Mark Nichols PhD

Contact hours: 2
Expiration date: November 1, 2019
Course price: $17

Course Summary

The pharmacologic properties of opioids including their mechanisms of action, receptor targets, target tissues, agonists and antagonists. Clinical applications including accepted usage, duration of action, and the minimizing of side effects. Finally, a look at overdose deaths from opioid abuse, cannabis as a harm reduction agent, and patient education about opioids.

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.



Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Comment on the history of poppies and the opium trade.
  2. Identify the various receptor targets of opioid action and explain how they differ.
  3. Describe the actions of morphine.
  4. Identify morphine-like drugs and synthetic derivatives.
  5. Discuss dependence, tolerance, and addiction in opioids.
  6. Explain ADME in pharmacokinetics.
  7. List other opioid analgesics in addition to morphine.
  8. Distinguish between opioid agonists and antagonists and the ways they are used.
  9. Summarize the current problem of overdose from prescribed opioids.
  10. Describe the use of methadone and its relation to overdose deaths.
  11. Teach a patient how to minimize the negative side effects of opioid use.
  12. Explain cannabis as an adjunct treatment for chronic pain to reduce the use of opioids.