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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.

A Grassroots Approach to Weed Out HIV and HCV in Special OUD Populations

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Injection drug use (IDU) has been fueled by the opioid crisis, resulting in a dramatic increase in hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. People with opioid use disorder (OUD) are 28 times more likely to contract HIV, and one in 10 new HIV infections is attributed to IDU. Further, the CDC reported a 233% increase in new HCV infections between 2010-2016.

Join the panel discussion as faculty discuss strategies for HIV and HCV testing in special OUD populations, applying evidence-based treatment approaches, as well as prevention strategies, including PrEP, for patients with OUD at high risk for HIV infection. 

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Putting Pressure on Opioid Prescribing: Novel Approaches to Pain Management

Participate Now Opioids continue to impact all corners of the United States and its communities, a burden that continues to grow at a rapid pace. The current opioid crisis is incredibly challenging for both patients and health care providers (HCPs). There has been a 30% increase in overdoses among men and a 24% increase among women, with all ages affected. While changing these current trends is important, it cannot be accomplished by policy changes alone. There is no one size fits all model for communities to address this crisis. Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>>

Time To Listen: What The Experts Have To Say About Safe Opioid Prescribing And Addiction Treatment

Participate Now This CME Outfitters activity features insight from this panel of experts on the challenges, consequences, and opportunities for the development of education to help meet the pain management needs of patients amid rising concerns of addiction and diversion.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Reducing the Burden of Pain in a Changing Treatment Landscape

Participate Now Developing actionable steps to promote appropriate prescribing for individuals with acute and chronic pain is imperative to curbing the impact of the growing opioid crisis facing our communities.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: New Approaches to Safe and Effective Pain Management

Participate Now In part 2 of this 3-part series, expert faculty focus on the four-step approach that follows the SOAP (Subjective-Objective-Assessment-Plan) approach to pain management, as well as principles of communication with patients experiencing pain in order to help clinicians appropriately prescribe the best therapy for pain management in each patient.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Principles of Communication and Recognizing Patient Needs

Participate Now The conclusion of this 3-part series features expert faculty focusing on a collaborative patient-centered approach in order to guide optimal pain management, which includes applying an evidence-based approach to chronic pain management and improving prescribing practices through pharmacovigilance.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A Call to Action to Save Our Communities

Participate Now Join Dr. Gold and Dr. Stanos in augmented reality illustration of pain management strategies to optimize safe and responsible management of acute and chronic pain. Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>>

It Starts with a Signal: Understanding Pain, Addiction, and Treatment

Participate Now The number of opioid related deaths in the US is on the rise and health care providers often struggle finding a balance between prescribing guidelines and the individual needs of patients with acute and/or chronic pain. Meeting the needs of patients begins with an understanding of the mechanisms of pain and addiction. In this 4-part activity certified for nursing, PA, and NP credit, faculty explain the connection between pain mechanisms and treatment decisions, and the importance of understanding the role of gender in pain and addiction. Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>>

A Change of Plans: Adjusting Treatment and Prescribing Protocols to Address the Opioid Epidemic

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Nurses, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners are at the forefront of primary care, orthopedic surgery, and oral surgery patient care. Shifts in approaches to acute and chronic pain management that integrate biopsychosocial strategies and non-opioid medications require education for all stakeholders—clinicians and patients—to achieve success. This 3-part series about responsible prescribing for pain management will arm you with best practice strategies to implement in practice today.

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Opioid Use Disorder in Special Populations: Making Recovery a Goal

Participate Now The opioid epidemic is ravaging many parts of the United States, resulting in drug overdose deaths emerging as the leading cause of injury death. The 2015 statistics from Health and Human Services on human and economic costs were staggering, reporting that 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids that year, resulting in $78.5 billion in economic costs. This CME Outfitters Live and On Demand initiative features expert faculty working to improve recognition of the risk of relapse or death among special populations with OUD and providing information about novel programs and how to integrate them into clinical practice with patients with OUD. Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>>

Championing Change: Addressing Addiction in Our Communities

Participate Now In this CME Snack, Jessica Nickel, founder of the Addiction Policy Forum, and Dr. Mark Gold focus on community-based strategies to provide an effective care settings for those dealing with substance use disorder. Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>>

Visualizing Pain and Addiction: An Augmented Reality Discussion

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This CMEOCast podcast of an augmented reality symposium discusses the brain/body reaction to pain and factors that influence pain perception and educates learners about acute and chronic pain pathways so that they may optimize safe and competent prescribing while still appropriately managing pain.

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The Role of the Pharmacist in Identifying Signs of Opioid Use Disorder

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The impact of opioids on the United States and its communities is a constantly growing burden and is challenging for patients and the health care community. Pharmacists are important members of the treatment team, particularly when it comes to addressing the opioid crisis.

This CMEOCast podcast episode features expert faculty focused on the role of the pharmacist in communicating with patients about their prescribed opioids and in recommending and/or dispensing naloxone to individuals prescribed opioids who may be at risk for overdose, and available options for medicated assisted treatment (MAT).

 

Team-Based Strategies to Address Patients’ Pain Needs

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While team-based care is the best approach to managing patients with pain, it is not always easy, with lack of communication and education often being the biggest concerns. Here, we examine the role of pharmacists in educating patients about their pain to optimize safe and effective treatment plans.  

In this CMEOCast podcast about team-based strategies that address patients’ pain needs, expert faculty discuss the management of pain from acute injury, dental procedures, and minor surgery as well as that of patients with chronic pain, including strategies that promote improved communication among the treatment team and educating patients about their pain.

Resources

An Animated Look at Acute and Chronic Pain Pathways Download the Animation Guide here (PDF)

Download Animated Look at Acute and Chronic Pain Pathways Video

Understanding Pain Pathways

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Over the Counter (OTC) Pain Resources

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Brainstorming Opioid Addiction through Merged Perspectives: Learnings from Roundtable Discussions

Read Now According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 115 people die each day in the United States due to an opioid overdose. To better understand the nation’s current epidemic, CME Outfitters recently brought together the perspectives of those most impacted by opioids in hopes of creating more effective strategies to avoid addiction in the coming years. These roundtable discussions, hosted by CME Outfitters, first pulled the experiences of both patients and their loved ones who have been affected by opioid dependency. Read more about the the four key takeaways that we learned.

From Analytics to Understanding: A Look Into Our 3D Pain Animation’s Debut at CME Outfitters’ Opioid Epidemic Premiere Symposium

Read Now Family medicine providers are uniquely qualified to lead the charge for precise and responsible prescribing for acute and chronic pain. Family medicine is at the forefront of managing chronic illness, handling comorbidities, and coordinating care for their patients. A recent live meeting held at the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) used an animated 3-D model that learners were able to move, rotate, and zoom as they explored acute and chronic pain pathways.