Pain and Symptom Management for Michigan Nurses: Opioid Misuse, Abuse, and Diversion


Course Hours: 2

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Objectives: Discuss the scope of the misuse, abuse, and diversion of prescribed pain medications. Identify risk factors and aberrant drug-related behaviors indicating potential misuse/abuse of prescribed pain medications. List the most commonly abused and/or diverted drugs and their sources. Summarize nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions for managing chronic pain. Discuss the components of responsible opioid prescribing and prescribing guidelines for chronic and acute pain. Describe Michigan initiatives aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse and diversion.

Description: REQUIRED FOR MICHIGAN NURSES: Understanding and responding to misuse, abuse, and diversion of prescribed pain medications assessing risk; commonly abused/diverted drugs; interventions and Michigan initiatives aimed at addressing and preventing the problem. Fulfills requirement for 2 hours in pain and symptom management for nurses licensed in Michigan.

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