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The Opioid Crisis in America

Harvard University via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $99 Certificate Available
  • Effort 1-2 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 10 weeks long
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Overview

On average, 130 Americans die every day from an overdose of opioids, the class of drugs that includes heroin, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl. Around 70% of all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States — opioid addiction is driving this epidemic.

In this course, you'll learn about the origins and spread of this epidemic. Our experts will cover the appropriate ways this class of drugs should be used, but we will also explore the impact of opioid misuse on the individual, family, and community. You’ll hear about effective medical treatments for addiction and how to reduce the stigma that exists around addiction. You’ll learn how to help prevent overdose deaths and explore the multiple pathways to recovery.

Join us to confront this epidemic with a broad perspective of the causes, effects, and solutions to the opioid crisis. After learning about harm-reduction approaches and evidence-based interventions to prevent addiction and support recovery, you will be equipped to confront the opioid epidemic.



This course is available for Continuing Education credit. Enroll in the course to learn more about options for earning credit.

Syllabus

  1. How has opioid misuse evolved and spread? Why is this a public health crisis in America?
  2. Are opioids "bad" drugs, or are there appropriate ways to use them?
  3. What counts as misuse and what can happen when you misuse opioids?
  4. How does opioid addiction affect an individual, their family, and the community?
  5. How can opioid overdose be treated and prevented?
  6. How can opioid misuse and addiction be treated?
  7. What does the process of long-term recovery from opioid addiction look like?

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Nour J
5.0 2 years ago
by Nour is taking this course right now, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I have just started the course. It seems that the course as the title says is primarily focused in USA however the information is very valuable and interesting to medical professionals.
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