Issues Concerning the Prescribing of Opioids (1 Hour)



Over the past few decades, opioid use and abuse have risen dramatically all over the world. In the United States in 2019, 10 million people misused opioids within the last year at least once and almost two million people have a diagnosed opioid use disorder (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs, 2021). In April of 2021, the number of deaths caused by drug overdoses topped over 100,000 in one year in the United States for the first time, an almost 30% increase from the previous year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021b). Opioids and similar drugs including heroin remain the leading cause of 75% of all drug overdoses (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021b). A large amount of the increase occurred following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most likely due to worsening social isolation and lack of access to treatment and group therapy. This course discusses issues to consider when prescribing opioids in practice.

Authored by: Ashley Shely, DNP, FNP-C

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