Courses and Training

Build Knowledge and Competency in Addiction / Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorders (SUD) are a pressing health concern in the United States, where rates of morbidity and mortality increase every year. Over 20 million people in the U.S meet the criteria for an SUD, an estimated 23 million are in recovery managing their chronic disease, and over 100,000 people died from an overdose between 2020-21 (Morreale et al., 2020; National Center for Health Statistics, 2021).

While a large portion of the U.S. population is affected by SUD, there is limited formal academic and professional education provided to clinicians and professionals providing services to those affected.

Overdose Lifeline's Accredited Online Continuing Education, 20-Credit Certificate Program and Community Education Trainer Programs cover eight core topics on substance use disorder (SUD) to address the SUD knowledge gap for clinicians and professionals engaging with / providing services for individuals with SUD.

Why Overdose Lifeline Learning?

Over 30,000 course enrollments. Partners in 40+ U.S. states use Overdose Lifeline trainer programs to build knowledge and competency on core substance use disorder topics. More than 500,000 have learned how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose from Overdose Lifeline.

Continuing Education and 20-Credit Certificate Program

In partnership with Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education, Overdose Lifeline has developed healthcare clinician and layperson Online Continuing Education and 20-Credit Certificate program on Addiction / Substance Use Disorder with an Opioid Specialization.

Learn how to improve prevention and support services for those impacted by substance use disorder and the opioid crisis, through either the 20-Credit Certificate Program or Continuing Education online courses. Accreditations include: Nursing (ANCC), Pharmacy (ACPE), Physician (ACMME) and other healthcare professionals and layperson via AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (ACCME).

Take online courses from anywhere. Completing the coursework when most convenient for you.

  • On Your Schedule - At Your Own Pace

  • Progress is Tracked - Pick-up Where You Last Left Off

  • Gain Knowledge or Fulfill Educational or Professional Requirements

  • Certificate Delivered Upon Successful Course Completion

  • Also Available as Community Education Trainer Programming

Community Education Trainer Programs

Get Certified to Train within Your Community

The Overdose Lifeline Community Education Trainer Programs are available for each of the online courses, plus special progamming for faith communities and schools. The Trainer Programs allow individuals and organizations to license the program materials and become trained and certified to educate within one's community.

This is an effective solution for meeting sustainability goals and reaching multiple targeted sectors within a community.

What People Are Saying

“I think one of the most important takeaways from this course is that as health care providers we need to increase our awareness of ACE's and then be able to respond to that when we identify them in our patients. This changed my perspective and will impact my clinical practice."

"Dispelling myths about harm reduction was helpful, especially being presented with the research and learning how harm reduction strategies encourages people who use drugs to seek treatment and reduces the risks to the general community. ”

“This course allowed me to truly understand the science behind the disease, which allowed me to really grasp addiction in terms of a disease rather than a moral failing. I particularly found the discussion surrounding brain chemistry and the evidence-based science behind addiction very helpful and beneficial."

"In the past when I thought about stigma and addiction, I typically thought about how another person (family member, neighbor) stigmatize someone with this disease. I now have a better understanding of how stigma from other areas of one's life (medical communities, law enforcement, etc.) affects someone with this disease.”

“Changed my perspective on harm reduction and implementing programs like syringe programs etc. Previously I had a misconception that it increased use and just gave indivduals an easier way to do it. Harm reduction strategies don't increase use... they actually decrease use."

"I have a much better understanding of how medications are used for MAT/MOUD therapy and how to decide which treatment may be best suited for each individual patient. Not all individuals are the same, thus individualized medication regimens must be prescribed along with counseling.”

“One of the hardest lessons that I have taken from the training would definitely be trying to retrain my brain, to overcome a lifetime of experience and judgements regarding patients with substance use disorders, and recognize their manipulative effects not as weakness or personality defects, but rather as treatable medical conditions that, with proper medication, guidance, and stewardship, may help people lead productive lives free from addiction and sadly, the unnecessary death that all too often accompanies it.”

“Prior to the courses I have worked with those with mental illness and substance use. The courses and exercise emphasized the issues that can complicate recovery beyond physical and mental cravings. Recovery impacts the whole person as well as those around them. Rather than focusing on how to decrease physical cravings only, I have learned that I should also be working with patients to identify stressors, situational concerns, and positive reinforcement of positive behaviors.”

“The trianing helped me to understand the importance of Harm Reduction measures in the recovery process and the “Meet Them Where They Are” mentality. Prior to the courses and this project, I would have said that going cold turkey is the only way to recover from an addiction. But now I can see where recovery is a continuum, and just because a relapse happens, or someone hasn’t completely abstained from the offending agent doesn’t mean they are not making forward progress in their path to recovery. ”