Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Opioid use and addiction is a complex process that is caused by repeated exposure to the drugs, and there are genetic, psychological, social, and physical factors that contribute to its development. Repeated use of an opioid provides strong physical and psychological motivators to continue taking it and strong physical and psychological discouragements to stop. Buprenorphine-naloxone is discussed in terms of the treatment of opioid substance use and addiction with the primary goal of treatment being to discourage patients from using. Varied methods of drug use and existing treatment options aimed at prevention as well as the clinical risks and side effects of buprenorphine-naloxone treatment are reviewed.

Course Format

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

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how opioids work
  • Discuss the physiological effects of opioid addiction
  • Describe the side effects of buprenorphine-naloxone treatment

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Opioids: What They Are And How They Work
  • Opioids: Mechanism Of Action And Clinical Effects
  • Prescribing Opioids
  • Pharmacological Profile Of Buprenorphine And Naloxone
    • Buprenorphine
    • Naloxone
  • Opioid Use And Addiction
    • Physiological Effects
    • Withdrawal
  • Buprenorphine-Naloxone Treatment
    • Medically Supervised Opioid Withdrawal
    • Steps of Buprenorphine-Naloxone Use
    • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Buprenorphine Overdose and Pediatric Exposure
  • Case Study Of Young Male Addict: Buprenorphine-Naloxone Use And Medical Treatment
  • Summary


Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 20 years of as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, written textbook chapters, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was recently named a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center and is actively involved in lecturing and mentoring nurses, emergency medical residents and pharmacy students.

Accreditation Approval Statements

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