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CE Credit Hours: 3.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
The problem of prescription drug abuse and overdose in the United States is complex and multi-faceted, and there are multiple drivers of the problem. This intermediate level continuing education course was developed using information from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to help improve the understanding of current prescription drug abuse activities and to review research pertaining to the problem. The epidemiology and drivers of prescription drug abuse in the United States are discussed as well as current opportunities to ensure the safe use of prescription drugs with the potential for abuse and the treatment of prescription drug dependence.
CE Course Objectives
1. Describe the significant public health concerns of prescription drug abuse and its related health consequences.
2. Examine the epidemiology and drivers of prescription drug abuse in the United States.
3. Identify current HHS activities that are addressing prescription drug abuse with in the domains of surveillance, patient and public education, provider education, clinical practice tools, and regulatory and oversight activities.
4. Summarize key findings related to substance abuse prevention, drug abuse treatment, and overdose prevention initiatives, including strategies to enhance prevention and treatment.
5. Discuss how a multi-faceted approach and collaboration between public health, clinical medicine, and public safety at the federal, state, and local level is necessary to address prescription drug abuse.
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