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Opioids and Overdose in Rhode Island


Program Description:

This online educational activity will provide nurses and healthcare professionals with information about how the Opioid Epidemic started and knowledge of opioid use disorders and overdose. Participants will also learn about signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, individuals and populations who are at increased risk for opioid overdose, and how to assist someone who is experiencing an opioid overdose.


Dale Powis, MSN, Professor of Nursing

Who Should Participate:

This activity will benefit anyone working in a medical or health-related setting, including Nursing, Allied Health, Dental Health, and Social Work.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have enhanced knowledge of the background of the Opioid Epidemic.
  • Have enhanced or gained knowledge of opioid use disorders and overdose, and will be able to identify patients at increased risk for overdose.
  • Be better prepared to assist someone who is experiencing an opioid overdose.


Credit Designation:

Nurses: This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, for 0.5 Nursing Contact Hours.

Dental Professionals: This program qualifies for a maximum of 0.5 hours through the Rhode Island Dental Association. The Rhode Island Dental Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. To confirm dental credit acceptability, please contact your board of dentistry. 

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This activity is supported by funding from the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Healthcare Workforce Transformation Program