CE / Trainer course

The Opioid Public Health Crisis

Course Overview

The Opioid Public Health Crisis began in 1999 and continues more than two decades later. The American toll from the health crisis is large. Between 1999 and 2022, drug overdoses have killed nearly 1.2 million Americans. That number exceeds the number of U.S. service members who have died in battle in all wars fought by the United States.

The Opioid Public Health Crisis (OPHC) course will provide you with foundational knowledge on this nationwide health crisis, the historical trends and current conditions and the solutions and actions to take to mitigate and reduce the health crisis effects.

DEA MATE Act Training Approved

The Opioid Public Health Crisis on-demand online CE course is approved MATE Act Training providing 3.0 ACCME or ANCC CE credits.  Learn More

What You Will Learn

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Course Outline

  1. Drug Classifications
  2. Brief Review of Addiction / Substance Use Disorder
  3. Opioid Overview
    a. The Opioid Family of Drugs
    b. Opioid Misuse and Addiction
  4. The Overdose Epidemic
    a. Data, Trends and Impact
  5. Contributors and Risk Factors
    a. Prescribing Practices
    b. Misrepresentation of Opioid Addiction Risks
    c. Paths to Prescription Pain Medicine Addiction
    d. Paths to Heroin Use
    e. Further Reading
    f. Young Adults / Youth Risk Factors
    g. Signs of Heroin or Prescription Opioid Misuse
  6. Solutions
    a. Education and Prevention
    b. Safe Prescribing Guidelines
    c. Manage Prescriptions
    d. Data and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
    e. Screening and Early Intervention
    f. Reduce the Stigma Associated with Addiction
    g. Harm Reduction
    h. Treatment and Recovery
  7. Recognizing and Preventing an Opioid Overdose
    a. Who is at Risk of an Overdose
    b. Factors that Increase Heroin Overdose
    c. What Does an Opioid Overdose Look Like
    d. What is Naloxone
    e. How Opioids Affect the Central Nervous System
    f. How Naloxone Stops and Overdose
    g. Naloxone Access and Laws
    h. Naloxone Delivery Devices
    i. General Naloxone Information
  8. End Notes and Resources

Online CE Course - MATE Act Approved

On-demand online continuing education. Meets the ANCC and ACCME DEA MATE Act training requirements. Learn More

3.0 CE Credits

Clinician and layperson accreditation through Purdue University, College of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education.


Individual Course: $45

Onsite and Virtual Training

Onsite and virtual training available for groups of five or more.

Fill out the form below, email us, or call 844.554.3354 for more information and a custom quote.

Trainer Program

Get certified as a trainer and gain access to a robust resource center for conducting onsite and virtual trainings.  Pricing includes both a training and a licensing fee.


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Training Fee: $225/person

Annual License Fee: $200/person or $400/group

License provides 12-month access to training materials, technical assistance, updates, and online resource center. Annual renewal required.

Group License provides access for two or more trainers within an organzation.

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