Prescription Drug Use and Abuse
The purpose of this course is to assist the professional nurse in understanding, identifying and caring for the drug-seeking patient. Upon completion of this course the professional nurse should be able to meet the following objectives.

Course Publication Date: July 06, 2011

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Gloria Tartaglia RN
Course No:PDUA062311
Contact Hours:3.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
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NOTE: The course expired on 12/31/2014.

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Learning Objectives
  • Discuss medications most often implicated in prescription drug abuse.
  • State conditions, which are associated with drug seeking behavior.
  • Identify aspects of behavior that lead a professional to suspect an individual is abusing prescription drugs.
  • Discuss professional interventions and responsibilities that should be utilized when caring for a patient suspected of abusing prescription drugs.
  • Define drug abuse, drug tolerance, drug dependence, and drug addiction.


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