Opioid Overdose Prevention & Naloxone Education (Community)

This module is intended for public use and does not offer continuing education credits.  If you wish to receive continuing education credits, visit the Providers eLearning Courses page. By completing this module, learners will be able to utilize nasal naloxone to reverse a known overdose in emergency situations. Learners will understand how nasal naloxone reverses an overdose and will be able to summarize the epidemiology of opioid overdoses in the District of Columbia.

Epidemiology of OUD: the US and the District

This module provides learners with an overview of the state of opioid use and opioid use disorder across the country and within the District of Columbia. The module will discuss the burden of opioid use disorders and overdoses and review current and historical trends in the epidemiological data.

Implementing the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

This module will review the 2018 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The module presents clinical takeaways associated with the information in the Guidelines. The module will address strategies for utilizing the Guidelines in practice when initiating, dosing, selecting, continuing, and discontinuing opioids for chronic pain.

Treating Acute Pain to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Opioids

This module will provide learners with an increased understanding of mechanisms of pain and current best practices for treating acute pain. It will discuss the effectiveness and side effects of common pain medications, assisting providers to safely and effectively treat acute pain with non-opioid medications.

Patient-Provider Relationship in Addressing Addiction

This module details effective patient-provider communication in addressing opioid use, misuse, and abuse. It identifies and describes models of communication, applying relevant content to the process of addressing opioid use disorders and the concern of stigma in clinical practice.

Opioid Overdose Prevention & Naloxone Education

This module is intended for public use. By completing this module, learners will be able to utilize nasal naloxone to reverse a known overdose in emergency situations. Learners will understand how nasal naloxone reverses an overdose and will be able to summarize the epidemiology of opioid overdoses in the District of Columbia.

Harm Reduction Approaches for Providers Addressing Opioid Use

This module identifies and discusses relevant harm reduction techniques for people who use opioids, including people who use injectable drugs. The module will address how to hold patient-centered clinical conversations, incorporating harm reduction techniques. These strategies are then applied to a case study.

Treating Opioid Use Disorder: Primer for Clinicians

This module is intended for health professionals who have not received a DATA Waiver for buprenorphine. The module will explore introductory information on opioid use disorder as a chronic disease, the functioning of medications for opioid use disorder, and a path towards receiving a buprenorphine waiver, when applicable.

After the Waiver: Translating Training Into Practice, Advanced Topics in Buprenorphine

This module is intended for providers who have obtained their DATA Waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. The module addresses the difficulties that providers face in treating patients with opioid use disorders with buprenorphine and assist providers in working with patients on unanticipated events such as injury and pregnancy. The module aims to increase the confidence of DATA Waived providers in treating patients with buprenorphine in difficult cases.

Nutrition for Pain Management

This module reviews the impact of diet and chronic illness on pain. It assists providers by improving their ability to discuss various evidence-based diets that can help to alleviate pain.

Acupuncture, Massage, and Self-Care

This module examines three related non-pharmacological approaches to pain management. The module will discuss relevant benefits and risks associated with these therapies. Additionally, the module provides health professionals with the ability to integrate these approaches into their practice and knowledge of which patients are good candidates for these types of pain treatments.

Development and Implementation of Evidence-Based Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Surgical Patients

This module summarizes the case of Mayo Clinic’s post-operative pain prescribing practices to highlight the development and implementation of prescribing guidelines by surgical area. The module addresses these developments within the context of the 2016 CDC Guidelines and the 2016 Minnesota draft guidelines for opioid prescribing. It explores the process of developing guidelines within the institution and this process’s effects on post-op prescribing.