Specialty Opioid Education Hubs
Welcome to the Nursing Opioid Education Hub
This Opioid Education Hub is dedicated to the educational needs of nursing health care providers and their patients. Nurses and nurse practitioners are important stakeholders in responsible prescribing of opioids and compassionately meeting the needs of patients in pain. Key impact areas include taking a detailed history and assessing risk associated with family history of substance use, psychiatry illness, and history of sexual trauma or abuse. For individuals prescribed opioids, follow-up, monitoring, and referral to a pain specialist or for further follow-up if there is reason to believe an opioid use disorder has developed is essential. As with any chronic disease, evidence-based pain management must be central to nursing practice. Finally, as frontline health care provider, patient education about their medicine, safe disposal or opioids, and protections against diversion are best practices for patient care.
Understanding Pain and Addiction
An Animated Look at Acute and Chronic Pain Pathways – Download the Animation Guide here (PDF)
OTC Medication Resources
How To Dispose of Unused Medications
Facts About Drugs of Abuse