This course is based on the PBS Frontline two-hour documentary “Chasing Heroin,” which explores the opioid crisis in the United States. The online content explores key factors that led to the current opioid crisis, the prevalence of deaths related to opiate overdose, and risk factors for developing an opioid addiction. The documentary examines the history of the US opioid crisis and the ways the country is responding to the current crisis, as well as exploring some of the current approaches to prevention and treatment. The course explores the prevalence of opioid-related deaths and identifies multiple factors impacting opioid addiction that pertain to behavioral health practitioners, including recent challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. To complete the course, participants read online content prior to viewing the documentary.
This course is designed as continuing education for licensed behavioral health practitioners, as well as professional development for social workers and for social work students nationwide. This course can also be used toward the mandated pre-license requirement for 15 hours of alcohol and substance abuse training to obtain a California LCSW or LMFT license.
After completing the course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Identify factors that led to the current opioid crisis in the US.
- Identify the prevalence of deaths related to opiate overdose in the US.
- Identify risk factors for developing an opioid addiction.
- Identify best practices in assessment and treatment of opioid addiction, including redefining the term “recovery.”