Early in the opioid crisis, physicians were the principle source of opioid use and abuse due to overprescribing, often leading to patients storing leftover prescriptions at home and friends or family members finding and using these leftovers. Unfortunately, simply restricting opioid prescriptions is not an effective strategy in a culture that has wildly available and accessible drugs of abuse available.
Opioids are the most addicting drugs of abuse; they interact with the brain’s pleasure centers and cause euphoria, which over time changes the brain, leading to that euphoria becoming more of a memory and eventually causing a depression that is very difficult to treat. Additionally, while opioid withdrawal syndrome is easy to see and to treat, those addicted to opioids want to eliminate it and therefore continue compulsive use despite consequences.
This CME Outfitters Snack featuring Dr. Mark S. Gold focuses on the biological underpinnings of opioid addiction in order to educate clinicians on how to address the opioid epidemic in their communities.
At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to:
The following learning objectives pertain only to those requesting CNE or CPE credit:
Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.
Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists.
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