Target Audience: Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician 1.5 Credits Activity Release Date: 4/28/2021 12:00:00 AM Activity Expiration Date: 4/28/2024 12:00:00 AM Pharmacology
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Course Summary
Fentanyl and fentanyl analogue use has increased significantly in the past ten years due to the use of illegal forms of fentanyl, and consumption of these drugs is a primary contributor to the current U.S., opioid crisis. Illegally manufactured fentanyl is widely available on the street. Fentanyl is a relatively common adulterant in heroin, and unfortunately, some of the beneficial pharmacologic properties of fentanyl, such as rapid onset of action and its high strength relative to other opioids also make it very dangerous when it is used inappropriately. Because of the relatively common occurrence of fentanyl use and the potential consequences of fentanyl intoxication, health clinicians need in-depth information about fentanyl.
Course Objectives
  • Identify the role of fentanyl in the opioid crisis
  • Describe the basic pharmacological profile, use and clinical outcomes of fentanyl
  • Compare the benefits and risks of fentanyl use
  • Identify treatments for opioid overdose
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Course Syllabus

I. Introduction

II. Opioid Crisis and Fentanyl Use

III. Fentanyl Overdose

  1. Detection of Fentanyl
  2. History of Use
  3. Pattern of Use
  4. Pediatric Exposure
  5. Reversal with Naloxone

IV. Treatment of Fentanyl Overdose

  1. Laboratory Testing and Physical Examination Requirements
  2. Education of Opioid Overdose Treatment

V. Case Study: Fentanyl Transdermal for Chronic Pain

            Discussion

VI. Summary

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