Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

$5.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Beginning

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CE Course Description

Effective prevention and treatment strategies exist for opioid misuse and use disorder but are highly underutilized across the United States.  This CE course addresses overcoming the misunderstandings and other barriers that prevent wider adoption of these treatments crucial for tackling the problem of opioid use disorder and the epidemic of opioid overdose in the United States.

Author:  Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder.  2018.  National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Compare and contrast the mechanism of action for the three opioid use disorder medications.

2.  Identify which medication is a good option for patients who do not have ready access to health care or who struggle with taking their medications regularly.

3.  Describe four ways in which buprenorphine has been shown to be superior to single-dose methadone treatment during pregnancy.


CE Outline with Main Points 

1.  Overview

2.  How do medications to treat opioid use disorder work?

a.  Opioid Agonists and Partial Agonists (Maintenance Medications)

b.  Opioid Antagonists

3.  How effective are medications to treat opioid use disorder?

a.  Methadone

b.  Buprenorphine

c.  Methadone and Buprenorphine Compared

d.  Naltrexone

e.  Buprenorphine and Naltrexone Compared

4.  What are misconceptions about maintenance treatment?

a.  Opioid Tolerance

b.  Mechanisms of Opioid Dependence

5.  What is the treatment need versus the diversion risk for opioid use disorder treatment?

a.  Diversion Risk of Buprenorphine

b.  Diversion Risk of Methadone

6.  What is the impact of medication for opioid use disorder treatment on HIV/HCV outcomes?

a.  Mitigating Factors

b.  Possibility of Dual Therapeutic Potential

7.  How is opioid use disorder treated in the criminal justice system?

8.  Is medication to treat opioid use disorder available in the military?

9.  What treatment is available for pregnant mothers and their babies?

10.  How Much Does Opioid Treatment Cost?

11.  Is naloxone accessible?



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CAADE Approval

This course is CAADE approved.


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Added On: 10/01/2018

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