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Week 7 Discussion: Opioid Epidemic

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Completion requirements

To do:Make forum posts: 2

Value: 100 points

Due: In an effort to facilitate scholarly discourse, create your initial post by Day 3, and reply to two of your classmates by Day 7.

Grading Category: Discussions

Initial Post

In your initial post, please identify the current trends of opioid addiction in your state and region. Provide demographic data for incidence and occurrence and list what community resources are available to you.

Reply Posts

Reply to one of your classmates, identifying strategies that they, as an NP, can begin to help clients with an opioid addiction and providing strategies that can help to educate communities.

Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded and incorporate these guidelines in your discussion. The grading for the number of reply posts is based on individual Discussion Board instructions. If the rubric indicates a different number for reply posts, you will not be graded down as long as you have followed the reply post instructions.

In order for this assignment to be considered complete, you will need to address all the prompts including current trends of opioid addiction in your state by Day 3 and reply to at least one classmate with strategies on how they can help patients with an opioid addiction by Day 7.




I am replying to a peer’s post on opioid Epidemic


Re: Week 7 Discussion: Opioid Epidemic

by Kayla Gilmore – Wednesday, 11 October 2023, 1:09 PM

Colorado is seeing an uprise in opiate related deaths since the opioid crisis has begun and even more so since the COVID-19 pandemic. The Colorado Health Institute reported that the number of drug overdoses increased by 54% since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic (2022). In the year 2020 the Colorado Department Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) reported 1,477 deaths related to drug overdose (Colorado Health Institute, 2022). There are a number of lawsuits against prescribers and pharmaceutical companies in the state of Colorado regarding drug overdoses that are overseen by Attorney General Phil Weiser with over $740 million dollars given in settlements (Colorado Attorney General, 2023). Not only is the state of Colorado providing settlement to families that have been affected by this rise in the opioid crisis but those who are eligible for assistance programs such as Medicaid can receive assistance in treatment for substance use disorders. The Colorado Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) funds these treatment programs and work hard to provide support and effective treatment to reduce the numbers of citizens suffering from substance use disorders and deaths related to drug overdose (Colorado Behavioral Health Administration, 2023). Colorado is also putting stricter guidelines for prescribers relevant to the use of controlled substances and advising for shorter durations for acute pain related conditions (Colorado Behavioral Health Administration, 2023). With Colorado APRNs holding full prescriptive authority it is imperative to be up to date with current prescribing guidelines as well as these statistics so we may treat our patients who are having acute pain appropriately without contributing to the crisis. Screening patients for appropriateness of controlled substances is important and knowing their history of pain and medication use is necessary to assess for risk of addictive and drug seeking behaviors.References:Colorado Attorney General. (2023) Attorney General Phil Weiser is fighting the opioid epidemic on many fronts. https://coag.gov/opioids/Colorado Behavioral Health Administration. (2023). Opioid Crisis in Colorado: The BHA’s Role, Research and Resources | Behavioral Health Administration. Bha.colorado.gov. https://bha.colorado.gov/behavioral-health/opioid-crisisColorado Health Institute. (January 13, 2022). Opioid overdose deaths up 54% in 2020, fentanyl fatalities spike. Www.coloradohealthinstitute.org. https://www.coloradohealthinstitute.org/news/opioid-overdose-deaths-54-2020-fentanyl-fatalities-spike

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