Nursing: Cheating Death: Naloxone

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About the Webinar Course

Opioids, used (and abused) for millennia, have become a significant cause of mortality in the U.S.  The treatment of chronic pain and widespread acceptance of opioids to treat it may have jump started the current epidemic.  The emergence of newer, highly potent synthetic opioids appears to be adding additional fuel to the fire. Between 2001 and 2016, opioid overdose-related deaths spiked by 175%, accounting for 1.5% of all American deaths. A multi-pronged approach has been largely ineffective, with hundreds of people dying every day.  Opioid overdose mortality is out of control. Death from overdose, though, is not inevitable. Timely administration of an opioid antagonist has been proven to save lives. Availability of this antidote is  rapidly expanding. The challenge of healthcare professionals is to best understand the safe use of opioids, be able to recognize an overdose, and know how to effectively treat it.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this webinar course, the learner will able to:
  • Discuss the risk-benefit relationship related to the use of opioids to treat chronic pain.
  • Compare the potency of various narcotics and select illicit substances.
  • State the most common reason cited for mis-using prescription opioid products.
  • Characterize the key sign of opioid overdose.
  • State the main safety concern associated with the use of naloxone as an antidote for opioid overdose.
  • Name one positive outcome conclusively associated with increasing the availability of an opioid antagnostic.

<brAbout the Author:
Bradley Gillespie, PharmD

Bradley Gillespie, PharmD, trained as a clinical pharmacist, has practiced in an industrial setting for the past 20+ years.  His initial role was as a Clinical Pharmacology and Biopharmaceutics reviewer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), followed by 15 years of leading early development programs in the pharma/biotech/nutritional industries.  In addition to his industrial focus, he remains a registered pharmacist and enjoys mentoring drug development scientists and health professionals, leading workshops, and developing continuing education programs for pharmacy, nursing. and other medical professionals.</br

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