The INR continuing education course “Opioids and Marijuana” is a clinically-oriented seminar that concentrates both on the etiology and pathogenesis as well as diagnosis and practical management of the nationwide
health crisis associated with the epidemic of opioid abuse as well as on the available scientific evidence in regard of medicinal and recreational use of cannabis (marijuana). The course consists of 4 segments.
The first segment is dedicated to the most current statistical and epidemiological evidence as well as the etiological and pathogenetic roots of the opioid crisis. The second segment presents an update on the 2016-2017
set of opioid-related guidelines and other directives issued by the US CDC, FDA and DHHS. Examples of non-opioid and non-medication pain relief strategies are discussed and the concept of MME (morphine milligram
equivalents) is explicated. The third segment is dedicated to highly alarming developments that may seem less familiar to a practitioner who is not directly engaged as a first line responder or emergency personnel.
The final segment of the course is designed to answer several common questions and concerns given the current situation with legalization of medicinal and recreational cannabis (marijuana).
The course is specifically designed to provide both guidance and reference for psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, psychiatric nurses and other health care professionals.