Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Almost two million individuals have an opioid use and addiction disorder in the United States. The annual deaths per year from prescription and illicit opioid overdose are alarming. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and the opioid crisis or epidemic is getting worse. Statistics for fentanyl use and addiction, a synthetic opioid that has been estimated to be 50-100 times stronger than morphine, are equally concerning in terms of burden to the health system, morbidity and mortality. Treatment of a fentanyl overdose begins with a clinical assessment of a patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation. Reversal with the use of naloxone is discussed, as well as opioid overdose education and distribution of intranasal naloxone to lay persons and law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency services personnel for quick intervention.

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

  • Describe the opioid crisis and Fentanyl use
  • Explain the treatment of Fentanyl overdose
  • Discuss Fentanyl and substance induced psychosis

Course Syllabus

The Opioid Crisis And Fentanyl Use
  • Illegal Drugs and Classifications
Key Points Of Fentanyl Overdose
  • Detection of Fentanyl
  • History of Use
  • Pattern of Use
  • Pediatric Exposure
  • Reversal with Naloxone
Treatment Of Fentanyl Overdose
  • Naloxone
  • Laboratory Testing and Monitoring
Pharmacological Profile Of Fentanyl
  • Mechanism of Action and Uses
  • Available Forms
  • Boxed Warning
  • Contraindications
  • Medical Conditions and Cautions
  • Transdermal Patch Dose Adjustment
  • Drug-drug Interactions
  • Pregnancy and Breast-feeding
Fentanyl And Substance Induced Psychosis
  • Diagnosis of a Substance Induced Mental Disorder
  • Treatment Options for Substance-Induced Psychosis
  • Detoxification
  • Medical Management
Case-Study: Fentanyl Transdermal For Chronic Pain
  • Discussion


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

This course does not qualify for NBCC credit is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Courses have been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #91345 is responsible for all aspects of the programming., provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 08/08/21-08/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 1 clinical continuing education credits.

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