Course Syllabus

What you’ll learn

Medical and non-medical use of opioids, including heroin and fentanyl
How to manage pain with and without opioids
The risks and neurological pathways to opioid addiction
That addiction is a disease of the brain, not a lack of will, and there are multiple ways people can become addicted to opioids
How men and women experience opioid addiction and treatment differently
How opioid addiction impacts adolescents and young people
The individual and social impacts of opioid addiction
The latest harm reduction approaches that law enforcement and public health officials are using to reduce opioid overdose deaths
Empathic evidence-based behavioral approaches and effective medications that health care professionals can offer people who have an addiction to opioids
How the path to recovery is not always straightforward, but there is life after addiction