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Heroin Addiction And The Opioid Pandemic

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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Course Created: 2017

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 2 hours
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Course Summary

In recent years, there has been an alarming increase in heroin use among both men and women, in virtually all age groups and at all socioeconomic levels. Some of the biggest increases have occurred in demographic groups which have historically shown a low level of heroin use, such as women, the privately insured, and those with high incomes. Studies show that heroin use has changed from an inner-city, minority and low income problem to one distributed primarily outside of large urban areas, reaching an epidemic level.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF or Word) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the prevalence of heroin use in the US
  • Describe the methods of heroin use
  • Explain the treatments used for heroin addiction

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Overview Of Addiction
  • Heroin Addiction And DSM-5
  • History Of Heroin
  • Its Properties And Uses
  • Methods Of Heroin Use
  • The Problem Of Prescription Opioid Use And Heroin Addiction
  • Treatment For A Substance Use Disorder And Addiction
  • Heroin Toxicity
  • Black Tar Heroin
  • Summary

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This organization, CE4Less, provider #1115, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. CE4Less maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 8/8/2015-8/8/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

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