The Opioid Crisis in America

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Opioids are part of a drug class that includes the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others. In 2015 more than 33,000 people died from overdoses involving opioids. Every day in the United States more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using prescription opioids as directed. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and opioid addiction is driving this epidemic.

This course challenges preconceptions about addiction and about who can become addicted to opioids. Our main goals are to reduce the stigma that exists around addiction, help prevent overdose deaths and encourage people to learn about the multiple pathways to treatment. You will learn about these topics from a variety of medical experts and hear from people who have experienced addiction themselves, or who have lost a family m...

Opioids are part of a drug class that includes the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others. In 2015 more than 33,000 people died from overdoses involving opioids. Every day in the United States more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using prescription opioids as directed. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and opioid addiction is driving this epidemic.

This course challenges preconceptions about addiction and about who can become addicted to opioids. Our main goals are to reduce the stigma that exists around addiction, help prevent overdose deaths and encourage people to learn about the multiple pathways to treatment. You will learn about these topics from a variety of medical experts and hear from people who have experienced addiction themselves, or who have lost a family member to an overdose.

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Patrick Doyle

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 8 months ago
Every contributor is excellent; good communicators of complex information, brought to lay person's level to understand. I thought I knew a lot about OUD; so I was pleasantly surprised with how much more I learned through your teaching methods. Highly recommended to not only every clinician, but to every advocate, policy-developer and politican holding office, and concerned citizen as this epidemic affects all of us even if we're unaware of the effects. This scientific information is greatly needed to reduce stigma and correct the strongly-held misunderstandings and prejudices among treatment providers, criminal justice leaders, policy makers, and medical providers. I also agree providing CEUs could attract more to take this course.
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paola Gutièrrez

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1 year, 8 months ago
soy profesional en psicología, por tanto deseo ampliar mi conocimiento en temas tan relevantes para la sociedad.
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Rose Baker, LICSW, LADC1, CADC, MAC

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2 years ago
This course provides vital information we as professionals in the substance abuse and social work fields need to work with clients caught in the world of opioid addiction and to begin to prevent loss of lives to fatal overdose. It was intensive, thought provoking and starts the discussion about how to change society's stigma about individuals' who use drugs from one of fear to empowerment that each of us can make a positive difference by changing our perception from fear to respect, giving those who use substances the respect they deserve and to see the person from the lens of addiction and not willpower. The issue I have with the course is that less people in the field will take the course because it doesn't offer CEU's for LICSW's, LMHC's, our substance abuse professionals: CADC, LADC1, LADC's. This misses a vital audience who would benefit from the information.
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