The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented drug overdose epidemic. Drug overdose death rates have increased five-fold since 1980. Opioid-related overdose deaths now outnumber overdose deaths involving all illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine combined. In addition to overdose deaths, emergency department visits, substance abuse treatment admissions and economic costs associated with opioid abuse have all increased in recent years.
This session will feature a curriculum on addressing substance abuse, depression and the opioid epidemic. Curriculum components include scope of the problem, risk and vulnerability, and current research related to opioid prescription for pain and its relationship to depression and anxiety. Current Drug Enforcement Agency efforts to eradicate the opioid crisis will also be explored.
Participants can earn up to 4.0 contact hours based on attendance.
This project is/was supported by funds from the Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number T94HP30895 and title Changing Tides for Nurse Practitioners: Bridging the Gap from Education to Practice through Academic Practice Partnerships in the amount of $1,384,070. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the BHPr, HRSA, DHHS, or the US Government.
Disclosures : There is no conflict of interest or relevant financial interest by the faculty or planners of this activity. There is no commercial support of this activity. There is no endorsement of any product by LSUHNO School of Nursing for this activity.