Heroin: The Illegal Opioid - CMEZ60284

Heroin: The Illegal Opioid

by Sean Chitwood, MBA, PharmD
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This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.50 Credits)
Physician (1.50 Credits)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


The history of diacetylmorphine (heroin) along with current epidemiological data and overdose statistics together illustrate the dangers associated with use and abuse of, dependence on, and addiction to this drug. Characteristics of heroin such as its appearance, chemical structure, administration, metabolism, and mechanism of action are addressed in this continuing education module to elaborate on how the drug elicits such a strong, unique euphoric effect compared to other opioid medications. Additionally, various treatment approaches for the management of acute and chronic heroin use are discussed. This includes the identification and treatment of heroin overdose, withdrawal, addiction, and other associated complications of chronic use. It is essential for all healthcare professionals to understand heroin’s use and treatment management for users.


The goal of this continuing education module is to provide interdisciplinary healthcare professionals with adequate information about the background, clinical presentation, and team-based management of heroin use, abuse, addiction, and overdose. After studying the material presented in this continuing education module, you will be able to:
  • Review the pharmacology and abuse potential of heroin
  • Describe the signs, symptoms, and treatment of patients with heroin toxicity
  • Identify ways the healthcare team works together to recognize and manage the complications of heroin abuse and addiction

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists, nurses, and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # 50-1489).
Hours dedicated to pharmacology: 0.75 contact hours
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.5 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 5/14/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/14/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/14/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Price: $20.00
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