West Virginia – Patients Who Abuse Prescription Pain Pills
The goal of this course is to help health care professionals learn about the symptoms and prevalence of opioid addiction and dependence in patients with chronic pain, and what steps they can take to screen for, prevent, and treat these conditions.

Course Publication Date: May 25, 2017

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

Author:Anita Rothera RN, BS
Course No:WV-ABUSE-17
Contact Hours:1.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Substance Abuse

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Learning Objectives
  • List four complications that abusers of pain pills often have.
  • State three risk factors for prescription opioid abuse.
  • Name two warning signs that a patient is becoming addicted to pain pills.
  • Describe communication strategies to engage patients in conversation focused on treatment of prescription drug abuse or addiction.
  • Discuss treatment management and possible referral plans to prevent and address opioid addiction in patients with a diagnosis of chronic pain.
  • Develop strategies to assess and monitor patients taking opioids for abuse and potential diversion of medication.


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