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Course # 91412 • Prescription Opioids: Risk Management and Strategies for Safe Use


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  1. Define terms associated with opioid therapy and aberrant drug use.
  2. Analyze behavioral responses to prescribed opioids and signs of emerging opioid misuse.
  3. Outline the impact of clinical and professional society attitudes toward opioid prescribing.
  4. Review the role of OxyContin in the rise of prescribed opioids for chronic noncancer pain.
  5. Evaluate the basic epidemiology of prescription opioid use, misuse, and dependence in the United States.
  6. Identify factors that influence opioid prescribing decisions.
  7. Describe the morbidity and mortality associated with the use of prescription opioids.
  8. Discuss characteristics of appropriate and inappropriate opioid prescribing and contributory factors to both.
  9. Compare opioid abuse risk assessment tools and the utility of risk stratification.
  10. Outline the appropriate periodic review and monitoring of patients prescribed opioid analgesics, including the role of urine drug testing.
  11. Describe necessary components of patient/caregiver education for prescribed opioid analgesics, including guidance on the safe use and disposal of medications.
  12. Compare available opioid abuse-deterrent formulations.
  13. Evaluate government and industry efforts to address problems arising from prescription opioid analgesic misuse.
  14. Review the unintended negative consequences of efforts to reduce prescribed opioid analgesic misuse, diversion, and overdose.
  15. Discuss treatment considerations for patients with active or remitted substance use disorder who require prescribed opioid analgesics for chronic pain.
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