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Implications of the Opioid Epidemic and Acquired Brain Injury

June 12 @ 12:30 pm 4:00 pm

This training will review the origin and current state of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. The training will also provide a description of the various opiate/opioid drugs currently used in the U.S. along with methods of use. Information about the neurobiological aspects of opiate/opioid addiction will be discussed along with a description of the implications and impact of overdose and brain-related changes that can occur. The intersection of opioid use and brain injury will be described, and information will be provided on the neuropsychological implications of opioid use in people who have survived acquired brain injury. The training will also include a discussion of types of intervention and the process of recovery from both a short and long-term perspective. Future directions in prevention, intervention, and long-term care will be presented.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this training, program participants will be able to:

  1. Provide the attendee with a brief review of the history of the opioid crisis.
  2. Review the neurobiology and psychopharmacology of opioids.
  3. Examine the implications of overdose and cognitive impairment.
  4. Examine the implications of TBI and Opioid Use.
  5. Examine the relationship of TBI to pain and use of opioid analgesic medications.
  6. Present intervention and treatment options for people with combined opioid use disorder and TBI or other type of cognitive impairment.

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