Opioid Misuse Detection

The learner will be able to detect, evaluate and diagnose individuals with opioid dependence.

: 1 hr

After completing this activity participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to conduct a basic patient interview assessing for opioid use disorders.

  • Differentiate between opioid abuse and opioid dependence according to the DSM-IV, along with associated terminology, such as withdrawal and tolerance.

  • How to use standardized instruments and appropriate language when assessing patients for opioid use disorders.

  • The significance of a diagnosis and how to approach the patient regarding a diagnosable opioid use disorder.

Professional Practice GapsHealth care professionals need to learn how to screen patients for opioid use so they can identify and begin to treat at-risk substance abusers.