Nursing and the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic is a serious public health issue, resulting from increased use of prescription and nonprescription opioid medications. Drug overdose is a leading cause of injury death in the United States, and as nurses, we have a responsibility to get involved and educate patients and the public about the current opioid epidemic. We can start by increasing our own knowledge and updating our understanding of the problem, adequately and appropriately assessing and managing pain, and advocating for responsible use of opioids. We’ve compiled the resources below to help nurses and advanced practice nurses successfully contribute to this effort.

Two special CE collections at reduced prices

Opioid Crisis: for Advanced Practice Nurses
5.5 contact hours/5.5 advanced pharmacology hours, $27.95
Opioid Crisis: for Registered Nurses
7.5 contact hours, $19.99

Special Journal Issues on the Opioid Crisis

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About the opioid crisis

Buy Can Regulation Solve the Opioid Crisis?

Professional Case Management, March/April 2018

CE “Gray Death”—The Trojan Horse of the Opioid Epidemic: Historical, Clinical, and Safety Evidence for the Clinical Nurse Specialist 

Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, November/December 2017

Free The Opioid Epidemic: Are Women Most Vulnerable?

Lippincott, November 2017

Buy Themed Issue on the Opioid Epidemic: What Have We Learned? Where Do We Go From Here?

Anesthesia & Analgesia, November 2017

Free Using the art and science of nursing to fight the opioid crisis
Lippincott, August 2017

Buy In Defense of Routine Inpatient Pain Assessment
American Journal of Nursing, May 2017

Buy Mixed Reaction from Professional Groups on CDC Opioid Guideline
Topics in Pain Management, November2016

Free Health Policy Watch: One State’s Legislation to Prevent Opioid Deaths
Journal of Addictions Nursing, January/March 2016

CE Nurses’ Role in Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion
American Journal of Nursing, August 2015

About opioids

Free Opioid Use in Pregnancy

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, November/December 2017

CE Opioids in Oncology Care
Oncology Times, June 2017

Free Eradicating the Overuse of Opioids on the Front Line
Professional Case Management, March/April 2017

CE Appropriate Use of Opioids in Managing Chronic Pain
American Journal of Nursing, July 2016

Managing patients dependent on opioids

Buy Treating Acute Pain in the Opiate-Dependent Patient
Journal of Trauma Nursing, September/October 2017

CE Pain Management in the Opioid-Dependent Pregnant Woman
Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, April/June 2017

CE Acute Pain Management for Inpatients with Opioid Use Disorder
American Journal of Nursing, September 2015

CE Identifying and Assessing the Substance-Exposed Infant
The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, March/April 2015

CE The Baltimore Buprenorphine Initiative: Understanding the Role of Buprenorphine in Addressing Heroin Addiction in an Urban-Based Community
Journal of Addictions Nursing, January/March 2014

For advanced practice nurses

Free The role of NPs in medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder
The Nurse Practitioner, May 2018

Buy Transitioning Florida NPs to opioid prescribing
The Nurse Practitioner, September 2017

CE Opioids for pain management in older adults: Strategies for safe prescribing
The Nurse Practitioner, February 2017

Buy Nurse Practitioner Prescriptive Authority for Buprenorphine: From DATA 2000 to CARA 2016
Journal of Addictions Nursing, January/March 2017

CE Making the Journey from Opioid and Heroin Addiction: One Map for the Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, September/October 2016

Free Advocate for NPs to be part of the solution to the opioid epidemic
The Nurse Practitioner, August 2016

CE Opioid Abuse, Misuse, and Death: The Promises and Limitations of Drug Barrier Technology Now and in the Future
Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, May/June 2015

CE Opioid Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain: Prescribing Considerations for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, December 2014

ANA Resources

The Opioid Epidemic: