University of Southern Indiana

Opioid Program

Description of Program
In March 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data that in the United States the rate of opioid-related fatalities increased from 10.4 deaths per 100,000 people to 13.3 deaths from 2015 to 2016. These deaths represent every age group, both men and women, racial group in urban and rural settings. The CDC estimates that the “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse in the U.S to cost $78.5 billion a year. Thus the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identified as one of the priorities to combat the crisis to advance better practices for pain management. This program will review the guidelines for opioid prescribing and risk assessment for opioid abuse disorder.       

 Who Should Enroll in this Program?
This program is designed for English-speaking health practitioner (advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistant, and physicians) with prescriptive authority or others with interest.

This independent study program would be of interest to those individuals who are required to have continuing education requirements related to opioid prescribing and opioid abuse.

Program Content
A textbook is not required for this program.

Learning Outcome
The learning outcome of this learning activity is to enable the learner to employ evidence-based guidelines in the prescribing of opioids, screen for opioid abuse disorder, and facilitate appropriate treatment.

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Differentiate the synthetic, semi-synthetic, and natural opiates.
  2. Compare and contrast the pharmacokinetics of the opiates.
  3. Identify the best practice guidelines in prescribing opioids.
  4. Recognize the “red flags” for opioid addition or dependency.
  5. Describe the treatment options for opioid abuse disorder.

Delivery of Content
The learner will log into the program via the internet and work independently through the content. The independent study provides an opportunity to learn while in the comfort of your own home and office.  Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns.  Questions regarding content can be directed to the contributors of the content. After the learner works through the content, she/he will complete the program evaluation. 

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls.  Access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact Hours
2 contact hours specific to opioid abuse and prescribing

The University of Southern Indiana designates this activity for 2 contact hours.  Two hours of this content meets the pharmacology continuing education requirements for the renewal of the advanced practice registered nurse prescriptive authority license. 

The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this knowledge based Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) activity for 2 contact hours for completion of this program. Pharmacists who request to have their contact hours reported to the Certified Pharmacy Education Monitor (CPE) must indicate this request during registration and include the correct NABP e-PID# and Birthdate (mmdd).

The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise in the content. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of the content are necessary to attain competency. Achieving certification is a means to demonstrate competency.

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • Submit registration and payment.
  • Review the content of the program.
  • Complete the program evaluation.

The certificate of completion will be contained in an email sent upon the completion of the combined program quiz and evaluation.

Faculty Names and Credentials

We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.

Amber Wheeler MSN, RN, FNP-C
Ashley Chumley, PharmD
M. Jane Swartz DNP, RN, ACNS-BC

Conflict of Interest Statement
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

Expiration date: June 19, 2021.

Accreditation Statements

In support of improving patient care, University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

State of Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider of continuing education for several professionals licensed in the state of Indiana, including social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and dental professionals.

State of California
The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.

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