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Opioid Overdoses, Suicides and Other Related Syndemics
Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), Dept. of Family & Community Health, Faculty Liaison, Upper Chesapeake Health System-UMSON Academic/Clinical Partnership, President, International Nurses Society on Addictions-IntNSA (Oct 2018-Oct 2020)
Webinar Description
The purpose of this webinar is to describe the “opioid epidemic” as a complex phenomenon that consists of multiple, related conditions that cluster and interact synergistically to exacerbate health effects, problem severity and disease progression.
Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the role of suicide in the opioid overdose epidemic;
  • Describe at least 3 other conditions that may interact with opioid use and exert cumulative effects to adversely affect individuals and populations at risk of overdose and/or suicide;
  • Explain the need for uniform case standards and case definitions for classifying drug-related deaths; and
  • Describe how an awareness of “syndemic theory” can be helpful for planning appropriate interventions, advancing health policy and improving health outcomes.
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 07/03/2022
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 Attendance Credit
The content on this site is intended solely to inform and educate medical professionals. This site shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 1H79TI081968 and 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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