Management of Addiction, Withdrawal, and Overdose - N35032

About the Course:
Opioid addiction and overdose is a widespread epidemic throughout the United States. Nurses and healthcare professionals have a duty to both understand the problem and provide compassionate care to affected individuals and families. The nurse has a unique role in which they provide medical and supportive care and social and emotional support.  Nurses should be able to educate patients who are given opioids in both the inpatient and outpatient settings regarding their risks for side effects, dependence, and addiction. This course is beneficial for all nurses who care for the general population, particularly populations at risk for opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose.  The course reviews common terminology, the basic pharmacology of opioids, the roots of the opioid epidemic, the theory of prevention model, and the unique points of potential intervention to help nurses prevent, identify, and treat opioid addiction. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of substance misuse, substance use disorder, and opioid use disorder.
  • Differentiate between opioid tolerance, dependence, and addiction.
  • Examine the effects of opioid overdose and how to assess for opioid withdrawal.
  • Apply the risk factors for opiate addiction and overdose to common patient populations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic pharmacological characteristics of opioids and the difference between opioid agonists, partial agonists, and antagonists.
  • Choose overdose, withdrawal, and addiction treatments as well as patient counseling tips for overdose risk and response.
  • Analyze the roots of the opioid epidemic.
  • Illustrate the role of the Registered Nurse in promoting the levels of prevention model as it applies to opioid addiction.

About the Author:

Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh, is a pharmacist and freelance writer specializing in pharmacy education. She works as a consultant pharmacist in Vancouver, Washington, serving long-term care facilities in the area. Dr. Blair also has over six years of experience working as a staff pharmacist at a community pharmacy in Seattle. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2009 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She has done freelance work writing and revising continuing education programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses, as well as writing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams.


How to receive credit:

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the self-assessment quiz questions which are at the end of the course or integrated throughout the course. These questions are NOT GRADED. The correct answer is shown after you answer the question. If the incorrect answer is selected, the rationale for the correct answer is provided. These questions help to affirm what you have learned from the course.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will then be asked to complete either:
    • An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 70 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


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Course Verification
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