I am replying to my peer’s post on opioid epidemic


Week 7 Discussion: Opioid Epidemic

  1. Dashboard
  2. My courses
  3. NU-668-03-23PCFA
  4. Week 7: Safe Prescribing
  5. Week 7 Discussion: Opioid Epidemic

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.


This is my peer’s post


Re: Week 7 Discussion: Opioid Epidemic

by Abuline Jaidah – Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 10:07 PM

The opioid epidemic has impacted the entire nation deeply in many ways and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been extremely affected significantly by the opioid epidemic. This opioid epidemic affected many communities throughout entire state leading to the constantly growing mortality and morbidity rates, and the increased incarceration rates. Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (2019), the opioid-related hospital discharges rates increased by 84% between 2007 and 2018. As a result, the health insurance companies in the State have lost a significant amount of revenue on their patients. 41% of opioid related hospitalization was paid for by MassHealth, and Medicare (Policy Commission, 2019). The greatest impact of this opioid epidemic is the lives destroyed by opioid. Increase death rates, increase opioid related mental health disorders, increased homelessness, family’s separation, and many children neglected or abandoned by their parents or guardians due to opioid abuse. According to the department of public health, there were 1,043 opioid-related overdose deaths in the first six months of 2022 (DPH, 2022). The of the toxicology screens for these deaths showed that fentanyl was present in 94% of the overdose deaths, cocaine caused 53% deaths, benzodiazepines caused 26% deaths, alcohol caused 28%, prescription opioids, heroin, and amphetamines amongst the least opioid death rates.During the covid19 pandemic I worked at the roundhouse through BMC funded by the governor. The roundhouse was organized to help evacuate the Massachusetts Avenue and the surrounding streets that were heavily occupied by drugs and alcohol users and homeless individuals. The program offered three benefits including a 24-hour detox clinic with social and case workers facilitating transitional care services, a methadone clinic providing services to many individuals with maintenance needs, and a temporary home for recovering addicts and those who have fully recovered and needing a place to live. Methadone has proven to be an effective treatment for individuals diagnosed with opioid use disorder and it has been shown to reduce overdose deaths, decreasing the rate of diseases transmitted through needle sharing and reuses such (Calcaterra et al., 2019). Methadone treatment adherence can be an obstacle for many clients to uphold as it requires a routine visit to the clinic for dosing.References:OPIOID USE DISORDER IN MASSACHUSETTS. (2018) COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION. https://www.mass.gov/doc/opioid-use-disorder-report/download.Data Brief: (2022) Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths among Massachusetts residents. Massachusetts Department of Public Health. https://www.mass.gov/doc/opioid-related-overdose-deaths-among-ma-residents-december-2022/downloadCalcaterra, S. L., Bach, P., Chadi, A., Chadi, N., Kimmel, S. D., Morford, K. L., _& Samet, J. H. (2019).

411 words

PermalinkShow parentReply

Get 15% discount on your first order with us
Use the following coupon

Order Now