Opioid Addiction: Challenging Cases in Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Opioid Addiction
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It is estimated that each day more than 1000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using prescription opioids as prescribed. Combine this with illicit drug use and the cost of treatment and productivity losses related to addiction and we have a current epidemic costing Americans over 500 billion dollars and rising.

It is estimated that each day more than 1000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using prescription opioids as prescribed. Combine this with illicit drug use and the cost of treatment and productivity losses related to addiction and we have a current epidemic costing Americans over 500 billion dollars and rising.

Outcome Objectives:
Upon completion of this CME/CE activity the healthcare provider will be able to:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of opioid receptors in the dopamine reward pathway and how different opioids and opioid antagonists interact and bind to these receptors.
  2. Describe the common clinical features of chronic opioid abuse and suspected opioid withdrawal including appropriate diagnostic work-up.
  3. Discuss the current best practice treatment options for suspected opioid overdose including routes of administration and formulations as well as medication assisted treatment options.
  4. Identify new or emerging areas of research and treatment options for opioid dependence including pharmacologic and psychosocial strategies.

Authored & Presented by

Christine Mintz, MD

Christine is a research physician with an interest in addiction, public policy and education. She has worked in clinical trial design and implementation as well as novel and emerging patient monitoring systems and patient assessment protocols.

Co Authored by

Jeanette M. Dunn, RN, MSN, EdD

Jeanette is an educator, consultant, medical publisher, international lecturer, and nurse entrepreneur. Dr. Dunn has authored and published books on Trauma, Nutrition, HIV/AIDS, Newsletters, and Research monographs. She has been involved in education of nurses and physicians for 40 years, has lectured in 22 countries, and set up schools of nursing in six.

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This program is presented by the Foundation for Care Management (FCM), a recognized leader in local, national, and international continuing medical education.

Effective Date: June 19, 2018
Expiration Date: June 19, 2020
Fee: $30.00

Target Audience

Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists and Other Healthcare Professionals.

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