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American Addiction: The Opioid Epidemic

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Overview / Abstract:

Approximately every 15 minutes in our country, a person dies from prescription drug overdose, while a child is also born approximately every 30 minutes dependent upon opioids. How did we get to this point? Are we the only country in the world with this problem of epidemic proportion? How do we end this epidemic, or at least, how do we as healthcare professionals contribute to the progress of society in the right direction? In this presentation, we will discuss the history of just how we, as a country, ended up in the 'Opioid Epidemic' and we will review efforts being made by numerous healthcare professionals to improve the lives of many suffering from the consequences of it. Substance Use Disorder (DSM-V), more commonly referred to as addiction, directly and indirectly affects countless lives every day. Just what is one going through when experiencing addiction, and even further, how can we as humans, and healthcare professionals, better understand our patients in recovery? We will discuss the medication-assisted therapies of methadone and buprenorphine, and review naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal agent. We will also discuss appropriate over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for patients in recovery experiencing common medical symptoms. Unlike opioids, this presentation is sure to open your eyes and possibly even elevate your blood pressure and/or heart rate!


Feb 25, 2018


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Pharmacy CPE


Live / Seminar, Online, Webinar / Webcast / Video



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PharmCon, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Mark Garofoli, PharmD, MBA, BCGP
Assistant Professor, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Overdose (Drug)

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

PharmCon, Inc.

Keywords / Search Terms opioids, overdose, addiction, drugs Live CE CME Seminar CE CME Live CE CME Seminar CE CME Live CE CME Seminar CE CME

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1404 Main Street
Conway, SC   SC
United States of America

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