Course Summary

Naloxone is available for acute opioid overdose or emergency. It is also useful in a maintenance program in a take-home form. Take-home naloxone requires training in the prevention of overdose. Naltrexone has been proven to be a safe, effective, and well-tolerated treatment for patients who have opioid use disorder. Treatment with naltrexone requires patients to withdraw from opioids before naltrexone therapy can be initiated. For patients who complete opioid withdrawal and detoxify, naltrexone appears to be an effective long-term treatment option for opioid use disorder.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Overview of Opioids
  • Naloxone
    • Available Forms and Action
    • Pharmacokinetics
    • Dose
    • Contraindications and Adverse Reactions
    • Warnings
  • Naloxone: Clinical Pearls
    • Acute Opioid Intoxication
    • Route of Administration
    • Proper Dosing
    • Adverse Effects and Warnings
    • Naltrexone
    • Available Forms and Action
    • Pharmacokinetics
    • Dose
    • Contraindications
    • Adverse Effects
    • Warnings
    • Opioid Overdose
    • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Naltrexone: Clinical Pearls
    • Labeled Use: Alcohol Use Disorder
    • Labeled Use: Opioid Use Disorder
    • Adverse Effects – Laboratory Studies
    • Laboratory Test Interference
    • Opioid Overdose
    • Suicide Issues/Depression
    • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
    • Case Study: Naltrexone
  • Summary


Abimbola Farinde, PhD, PharmD

Abimbola Farinde, PhD., PharmD is a healthcare professional and professor who has gained experience in the field and practice of mental health, geriatrics, and  pharmacy. Dr. Farinde has worked with active duty soldiers with dual diagnoses of a traumatic brain injury and a psychiatric disorder providing medication therapy management and disease state management. She has also worked with mentally impaired and developmentally disabled individuals at a state supported living center. Her different practice experiences have allowed her to develop and enhance her professional and clinical skills over the years. Dr. Farinde always strives to maintain a commitment towards achieving professional growth as she transitions from one phase of her career to the next.

Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

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