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The U.S. Opioid Epidemic has severe consequence on individuals affected, but also has far reaching impacts for the healthcare system. This course reviews the history of the epidemic, previous efforts to address the challenge and current policy models being tested to fight opioid addiction moving forward.


The course addresses key Opioid Crisis questions over 4 lessons.

CEU Credits: 2

Recommended pre-requisite course(s): None

Recommended for: Anyone who already works or is planning to work, directly or indirectly, in the healthcare industry.

Course Description

The course addresses key opioid crisis questions over 4 lessons.

CEU Credits: 2

Recommended pre-requisite course(s): None

Recommended for: Anyone who already works or is planning to work, directly or indirectly, in the healthcare industry.

What are the learning objectives?
  1. Know the size, history and contributing factors of the Opioid Crisis
  2. Understand fundamentals about the drugs themselves
What does the syllabus cover?

Lesson 1: What Are Opioids?

Goal- For you to understand the basics about the main types of opioid drugs, opioid addiction and types of treatments available.


Key Questions Included

  1. What are opioids?
  2. How do opioids work?
  3. What are Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MMEs)?
Lesson 2: What is Opioid Addiction (Opioid Use Disorder)?

Goal - For you to understand the basics about opioid addiction, including treatment models and connections to heroin addiction.


Key Questions Included

  1. What is Opioid Use Disorder?
  2. What is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)?
  3. What is the connection between the opioid crisis and heroin abuse rates?
Lesson 3: What are the types of treatment for Opioid Use Disorder?

Goal- For you to understand the basics about the different medications used for treating opioid use disorders, as well as the importance of including both behavioral and Medication Assisted Treatment in an overall treatment plan.


Key Questions Included

  1. What is Medication Assisted Treatment?
  2. What are the different treatment drugs?
  3. What is behavioral treatment?
Lesson 4: What is the Opioid Crisis?

Goal- For you to understand the basics about how many people are affected by the crisis, and patterns across populations most affected by the crisis.


Key Questions Included

  1. What is the opioid crisis?
  2. What is the size of the crisis?
  3. When did it get defined as a crisis?
  4. What are the patterns for who is affected by the crisis?

How does this course work? What is the experience like?