Pain and Opioid Use – What You Need to Know

Tue, 2016-12-13 11:00 - 12:00
About this Event:

While opioids may address physical and/or indirectly psychological pain for some people, they can also be dangerous (even when taken as prescribed), and can lead to problematic opioid use, overuse, dependence, overdose, or death. This webinar will provide an overview of the evidence on pain and its association with problematic opioid use. It will also provide practical strategies and tools for nurses and other health care professionals to screen for pain and/or opioid use, and encourage appropriate use of opioids, or alternative pain management options.

Everyone has experienced physical pain, whether it’s short term, or more chronic and enduring. Opioids are commonly prescribed pharmacological intervention used to treat physical pain, and Canada is now the highest consumer of opioids in the world.1

During this presentation, participants will learn how to:

  • Explain how pain and opioid use are linked
  • Discuss how to screen for pain and potential issues with problematic opioid use
  • Explain how opioids can be appropriately used to treat pain
  • Describe alternative pain management options including combination pharmacological and non pharmacological interventions

Dr. Andrew Smith, CAMH

1. International Narcotics Control Board, " Availability of internationally controlled drugs: ensuring adequate access for medical and scientific purposes," United Nations, New York, 2016

Cost for Members: 
$0.00 CAD
Cost for non-Members: 
$0.00 CAD