|COURSE DESCRIPTION & LEARNING OBJECTIVES
The goal of this course is to provide general training and build capacity for pharmacy staff regarding the opioid epidemic, signs of overdoses, naloxone, and harm reduction.
The Revive. Survive. OverDose Prevention program works within the Prevention Department at Odyssey House LA. Their goal is to address and alleviate the impact the opioid epidemic has on the New Orleans community. Valuable examples will be provided on what steps Louisiana has been taken to address the epidemic.
The Revive. Survive. OverDose Prevention curriculum is designed to provide general guidance and training to prescribers, pharmacists, clients, and community members on the overview of the opioid epidemic, naloxone administration and access, and tools to address the needs of individuals suffering with addiction.
- Understand what is Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and the severity of the Opioid Epidemic by:
- Defining OUD and Identifying the most common signs of OUD
- Comparing the number of drug overdose deaths to other leading causes of injury death in the U.S. and in New Orleans
- Reviewing the results from a needs assessment on opioid epidemic familiarity distributed to community members, healthcare providers, and pharmacy staff in New Orleans
- Recognize the signs of an overdose and how to administer Naloxone by:
- Reviewing how opioids effect the brain and the signs of an overdose
- Recognizing the indicators that put individuals at high risk for overdose
- Reviewing how Naloxone acts as an opioid overdose antagonist
- Correctly ordering the steps in administering naloxone and providing rescue breathing
- Describe the laws and regulations that protect you as a pharmacist when prescribing Naloxone and as a bystander when administering Naloxone by:
- Examining the most common laws and regulations with respect to naloxone access and administration across the U.S and specifically in Louisiana
- Understand your biases on addiction and how stigmatizing language may affect individuals from receiving proper care by:
- Providing reasons as to why addiction is thought of as either a disease or a choice
- Reviewing how language can impact the quality of care received by those with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) and avoiding stigmatizing words and phrases
- Recognize examples of harm reduction methods based on harm reduction principles and how it relates to the stages of change by:
- Reviewing harm reduction principles and explaining what they mean to you
- Identifying examples of harm reduction methods
- Describing how harm reduction can be implemented at your agency/organization
- Recognizing the stages of change and how those stages will allow better identification of appropriate services for individuals
- Identify the variety of treatment services that can support an individual in their recovery