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Opioid Continuing Education for Nurse Practitioners
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 of opioids, and protections against diversion are best practices for patient care.
A Way Forward: How Naloxone Saves Lives from Opioid Overdose
Increasing access to naloxone is essential to reducing overdose mortality. Strategies for increasing access must be thoughtfully developed and deployed to ensure that naloxone is available to any at-risk individual—whether that be an individual with chronic pain or someone with a substance use disorder—without the burden of stigma or judgement. CMEO convened an expert panel led by Dr. Mark Gold to discuss barriers and opportunities for distribution of naloxone to those at risk for overdose in the community. This white paper, A Way Forward: How Naloxone Saves Lives from Opioid Overdose reviews the data used by the panelists to establish their positions and recommendations for the way forward.
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