Opioid Addiction: Prevalence, Trends and Impact on Health

The learner will be knowledgeable about the prevalence of opioid use and dependence, including heroin and prescription opioids.

: 1 hr

After completing this activity participants will be able to:

  • Discuss epidemiological trends in use of heroin and prescription opioids.

  • Describe the demographics of heroin and prescription opioid use.

  • Identify warning signs of opioid misuse or abuse and related illnesses.

  • Describe the use of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of opioid dependence.

  • Recall psychotherapies efficacious in the treatment of opioid dependence.

Professional Practice GapsHealth care professionals need to understand the scope of the problem of illicit drug and prescription drug misuse so that they can better identify and treat opioid dependence.