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Preventing Opioid-Involved Overdose with Education and Naloxone
SUD 101 Core Curriculum Overview

Curriculum overview:  While healthcare professionals are often on the front lines of treating substance use disorders, most have limited (if any) training in this area. The SUD 101 Core Curriculum was created to provide a foundation of the current research, resources, and support needed to increase healthcare professionals’ competence and confidence in the care of their patients across the continuum of care. This activity, Preventing Opioid-Involved Overdose with Education and Naloxone, is part of the 23-module curriculum. Please see below for a summary of module 22 out of 23:
Module 22 Overview
Title: Preventing Opioid-Involved Overdose with Education and Naloxone

Alexander Y. Walley, MD, MSc, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center; Association of Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA)

Module Description: Overdose is the leading cause of accidental injury death in the United States surpassing motor vehicle crashes, claiming more than 100,000 American lives annually. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, that is sold as heroin and counterfeit prescription opioids is driving the recent surges in overdose deaths in most communities. Overdose prevention, that includes equipping people who use drugs and their social networks with naloxone rescue kits is an established strategy to address opioid overdose. 

Educational Objectives:

  • Describe the epidemiology of opioid-involved overdose
  • Explain the rationale for and scope of overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND)
  • Implement OEND in medical and community settings
    • Educate people about overdose risk reduction
    • Prescribe or dispense naloxone
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Jan 12, 2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 PA-CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
1 Nursing Credit
1 Pharmacy Credit
1 IPCE Credit
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