On average, 130 Americans die every day from an overdose of opioids, the class of drugs that includes heroin, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl. Around 70% of all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States — opioid addiction is driving this epidemic.
In this course, you'll learn about the origins and spread of this epidemic. Our experts will cover the appropriate ways this class of drugs should be used, but we will also explore the impact of opioid misuse on the individual, family, and community. You’ll hear about effective medical treatments for addiction and how to reduce the stigma that exists around addiction. You’ll learn how to help prevent overdose deaths and explore the multiple pathways to recovery.
Join us to confront this epidemic with a broad perspective of the causes, effects, and solutions to the opioid crisis. After learning about harm-reduction approaches and evidence-based interventions to prevent addiction and support recovery, you will be equipped to confront the opioid epidemic.
This course is available for Continuing Education credit. Enroll in the course to learn more about options for earning credit.
- Medical and non-medical use of opioids, including heroin and fentanyl
- How to manage pain with and without opioids
- The risks and neurological pathways to opioid addiction
- That addiction is a disease of the brain, not a lack of will
- The multiple ways people can become addicted to opioids
- The individual and social impacts of opioid addiction
- The latest harm reduction approaches for law enforcement and public health officials
- Empathic evidence-based behavioral approaches and medications that health care professionals can offer those struggling with opioid addiction
Catherine Finn is the Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and the Deputy Editor at Harvard Health Publishing. Catherine leads strategic initiatives, digital productions, webinars, and continuing education courses. She was the producer and course director for Treating and Preventing Addiction in Community-Based Settings, a donor-funded CME initiative addressing opioid addiction in Northwest Ohio.
For 10 years Catherine created award-winning programs to help patients and physicians engage in shared decision-making around managing chronic pain, treating mental health conditions, and considering end of life care. Catherine has worked with patients as a medical social worker at Healthcare Associates, a multidisciplinary primary care practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.