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Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin?

An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This class will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options. We will discuss many of these resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs in your library or organization. This 1 hour, online class is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators and healthcare professionals.

Contact nto@utah.edu for questions about this class. 

Objectives: 

 By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Explain what addiction and opioids are
  • Locate both national and local statistics on opioid use
  • Identify authoritative information on opioid overuse, prevention and treatment
  • Create outreach programs using the resources discussed in the class
Class Length: 
1 hour
Continuing Education:

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

This course fulfills the following CHIS competencies: 
3. Knowledge of Subject Matter and Resources
7. Technology and Health

This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Past Classes

Class taught on October 16th, 2020. An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder.

Upcoming Classes

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