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Fentanyl: Scourge of the Opioids

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Author: Tracey Long, RN, PhD, APRN

Contact hours: 2
AOTA CEUs: 0.2
Expiration date: September 1, 2025
Course price: $19 

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Course Summary

The opioid epidemic, labeled the most serious national issue of our time, has worsened with fentanyl. As a healthcare professional, you have a role in our nation’s fatal opioid epidemic. From those who prescribe to those who administer fentanyl, everyone plays a part in helping or hurting those seeking opioids for pain relief. This course will discuss the causes, definitions of use and abuse, pharmacodynamics, and prevention and treatment strategies for this serious issue in healthcare.

Target Audience

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

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.2 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. State at least 3 other names for fentanyl.
  2. Explain the proper clinical use for fentanyl for pain relief.
  3. Name 3 clinical symptoms of fentanyl overdose.
  4. Explain the 3 stages from use to dependence to addiction of fentanyl.
  5. Describe the 2 common emergency medications for fentanyl overdose.
  6. Explain 3 treatment strategies for recovery from abuse.

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