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The Texas Opioid Training Initiative provides 10+ hours of free online continuing education for a broad range of health professionals, including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and social workers.

INPATIENT FOCUSED

From Survival to Recovery in Opioid Use Disorder

This program describes the best practices for opioid overdose prevention, compares the FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder and discusses current controversies and ethical issues in opioid use disorder treatment.

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Harm Reduction Basics for Healthcare Professionals

In this program, you will learn about the fundamentals of harm reduction, the historical and modern-day context surrounding drug use in the United States and examine the three waves of the opioid crisis.

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Developing and Implementing an Opioid Stewardship Program

This program describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of an opioid stewardship program in a large academic health center. It identifies strategies to improve safe opioid use within health systems and discusses the development of collaborative strategies with state and local entities to improve opioid use throughout a community.

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Non-Opioid Alternatives for Pain Management in the Hospital Setting

In this program, instructors describe the role of various non-opioid analgesics in hospital-based pain management, and discuss how to implement pain management strategies that incorporate both non-opioid and opioid analgesics.

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The B-Team: An Innovative Model for Inpatient Treatment Initiation

This program describes the development and implementation of an OUD treatment service led by internal medicine clinicians in collaboration with a broad range of interprofessional team members. It will help you plan to develop or expand similar services at your institution by engaging an interprofessional team.

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Managing Medications for Opioid Use Disorder During Hospitalization

This program discusses case examples to demystify the management of FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder in various inpatient treatment scenarios. It also identifies strategies to effectively navigate pain management, peri-operative care and other potentially complex situations.

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OUTPATIENT FOCUSED

From Survival to Recovery in Opioid Use Disorder

This program describes the best practices for opioid overdose prevention, compares the FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder and discusses current controversies and ethical issues in opioid use disorder treatment.

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Harm Reduction Basics for Healthcare Professionals

This program describes the fundamentals of harm reduction, discusses the historical and modern-day context surrounding drug use in the United States and compares the three waves of the opioid crisis.

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Pain, Opioids, and Choices: When Tapering and Safety Collide

Examine policy steps that healthcare and related systems have taken to pivot away from prescription opioids and the effect it is having on patients, families, clinicians and pharmacists. This program reviews the full history of peripheral, central and contextual pain drivers when assessing chronic pain in patients, the evidence that explains whether opioids are effective in managing long-term chronic pain and discusses whether opioid reduction and discontinuation under regular practice conditions is followed by safety improvement.

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Effective Use of the Prescription Monitoring Program

In this program, you will learn about the impact of mandated prescription monitoring program (PMP) use, the debates surrounding pain management in the age of PMPs and monitoring of morphine milligram equivalents (MMEs) and the use of non-stigmatizing and inclusive language with patients to address common situations around controlled substances.

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STANDALONE COURSES

Opioid Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

This program discusses the best practices for the care of women with opioid use disorder, describes neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and evidence-based management strategies and reviews a community-driven, harm reduction approach to the care of opioid-impacted women and children.

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Opioid Overdose Prevention and Response

This program conveys foundational knowledge regarding the triple wave opioid crisis, identification of patients at risk for opioid overdose and key elements of patient education regarding naloxone. It also includes a detailed discussion of laws and regulations impacting naloxone distribution, as well as a comparison of the four naloxone formulations which are appropriate for layperson use.

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