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Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 4787 reviews

Course Summary

Opioid use and addiction is a complex process that is caused by repeated exposure to the drugs, and there are genetic, psychological, social, and physical factors that contribute to its development. Repeated use of an opioid provides strong physical and psychological motivators to continue taking it and strong physical and psychological discouragements to stop. Buprenorphine-naloxone is discussed in terms of the treatment of opioid substance use and addiction with the primary goal of treatment being to discourage patients from using. Varied methods of drug use and existing treatment options aimed at prevention as well as the clinical risks and side effects of buprenorphine-naloxone treatment are reviewed.

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Course Syllabus

I.            Introduction

II.          Opioids: What They Are And How They Work

III.        Opioids: Mechanism Of Action And Clinical Effects

IV.         Prescribing Opioids

V.           Pharmacological Profile Of Buprenorphine And Naloxone

1.   Buprenorphine

2.   Naloxone

VI.         Opioid Use And Addiction

1.   Physiological Effects

2.   Withdrawal

VII.      Buprenorphine-Naloxone Treatment

1.   Medically Supervised Opioid Withdrawal

2.   Steps of Buprenorphine-Naloxone Use

3.   Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

VIII.    Buprenorphine Overdose and Pediatric Exposure

IX.         Summary


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