NursingCE A Nurse’s Role in the American Opioid Epidemic Free Course
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- Discuss ways in which nurses can advocate for more high-quality training for prescribers of opioids, access to Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) in every state, development of abuse deterrent formulations (ADFs), naloxone access for the public, and access to medication-assisted treatment programs (MATs) for this with opioid use disorder
- Prepare nurses to be educators for their patients, the public, and fellow healthcare providers about this national epidemic of opioid use
- Train nurses to assess for risk factors of opioid misuse, to know the red flags, signs, and symptoms of opioid misuse in order to recognize them in patients, coworkers, family and friends, and properly reconcile medications safely and consistently as a safeguard against medication diversion
- Assist nurses in the basics of naloxone use for the rescue treatment and reversal of an opioid overdose, and methods of locating local resources for anyone (including themselves) suffering from opioid use disorder, such as approved MAT programs.