Heroin Update

$3.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Beginning


CE Course Description

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug, and its use has repercussions that extend far beyond the individual user.  This short CE course explains the effects heroin has on the body, the link between heroin use and prescription drug misuse, and the available treatments for heroin use disorder.

Author:  National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Heroin.  (2018, March).; National Institute on Drug Abuse.  Drug Facts: Heroin.  (2018, June).

Retrieved from:  https://www.drugabuse.gov/

CE Course Objectives

1.  Describe methadone’s action in the brain.

2.  Explain why highly pure heroin is more appealing to new users.

3.  Identify what heroin is converted to once it enters the brain.

4.  Provide the age range with the greatest increase in heroin use since 2007.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  What is heroin and how is it used?

2.  What is the scope of heroin use in the United States?

3.  What effects does heroin have on the body?

4.  What are the immediate (short-term) effects of heroin use?

5.  What are the long-term effects of heroin use?

6.  How is heroin linked to prescription drug misuse?

7.  What are the medical complications of chronic heroin use?

8.  Why does heroin use create special risk for contracting HIV / AIDS and hepatitis B and C?

9.  How does heroin use affect pregnant women?

10.  What can be done for a heroin overdose?

11.  What are the treatments for heroin use disorder?



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.

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Added On: 2019-02-25

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