Course Description


The Opioid Public Health Crisis (OPHC) course will provide you with foundational knowledge on this nationwide health crisis and the solutions and actions to take to reduce the epidemic’s effect.

This course is for individuals, parents, healthcare professionals and groups and organizations who are working to prevent and reduce the effects of the opioid public health crisis. This is ideal for groups who serve individuals at risk for an opioid use disorder/addiction or overdose.

This includes, but not limited to: businesses, coalition and community members, correctional facilities, educators, faith groups, government, health care professionals, parents and caregivers, pharmacies, school nurses, senior living facilities, sober living communities, treatment and recovery centers, etc.

The training course provide the necessary information to understand and address the potential misuse of opioids, risk factors, and suggested prevention and reduction methods.

Course Reviewer

The course material has been reviewed by subject matter expert: Brad Ray, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

What You Will Learn

  • You will acquire an in-depth understanding of the opioid public health crisis – what is occurring, how we arrived here, the contributors and risk factors.

  • You will learn how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and how the opioid reversal drug Naloxone works.

  • The course will conclude with a review of the multifaceted solutions model that states and communities are applying to reduce the effects of the health crisis.

What People Are Saying

Opioid Public Health Crisis Course


"This helped me understand what I can personally do to help my family and others and that the solutions work when all are used, and everyone works together."

"I learned a lot about what contributed to the Opioid Epidemic. I was unfamiliar with statistics that related to the overdose epidemic and they are staggering. I also appreciated learning how Naloxone works in the body and how it reverses effects of an overdose."

"As a public health educator, this course gave me a fantastic overall view of addiction, the opioid crisis (both historically and currently), and how to help."

"I now have a better understanding of efforts the community and I personally can take to help with the opioid and overdose epidemic."

Course curriculum

  • 01
    A Review of the Course Dashboard
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    • A Review of Your Course Dashboard
  • 02
    Introduction
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  • 03
    Drug Classifications
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  • 04
    Brief Review of Addiction / Substance Use Disorder
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    • Brief Overview of Addiction / Substance Use Disorder
    • The Necessity to Treat Addiction as a Chronic Disease
    • Discussion: NPR Interview About Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease
  • 05
    Check My Knowledge 1
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    • Check My Knowledge 1 - Drug Classifications and Addiction / Substance Use Disorder
  • 06
    Opioid Overview
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    • Opioid Overview
  • 07
    The Overdose Epidemic
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    • The Overdose Epidemic
  • 08
    Check My Knowledge 2
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    • Check My Knowledge 2 - Opioid Overview and Opioid Overdose Epidemic
  • 09
    Contributors and Risk Factors
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    • OPHC-2017-Module-5-Contributors-and-Risk-Factors
  • 10
    Young Adults and Youth Risk Factors
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    • OPHC-2017-Module-5a-Youth-Contributors-Risk-Factors
  • 11
    Check My Knowledg 3
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    • Check My Knowledge 3 - Contributors and Risk Factors
  • 12
    Solutions
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    • OPHC-2017-Module-6-Solutions
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    Check My Knowledge 4
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    • Check My Knowledge 4 - Solutions
  • 14
    Recognizing and Preventing an Opioid Overdose
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    • OPHC-2017-Module-7-Recognizing-Preventing- Opioid-Overdose
  • 15
    Check My Knowledge 5
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    • Check My Knowledge 5 - Recognizing and Preventing an Opioid Overdose
  • 16
    Course End Survey
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    • Please take a moment to provide feedback
    • Course End Survey
  • 17
    Resources and Helpful Links
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    • The Opioid Public Health Crisis - Resource and Helpful Links
  • 18
    Course Credits
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    • Course Voice Talent
  • 19
    Final Exam
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    • About the Final Exam
    • Opioid Public Health Crisis Final Exam

Additional Course Notes

  • There are no pre-requisites for this course. We recommend you consider “The Brain and the Disease of Addiction” online course ($15.00) for a working understanding of the chronic disease of addiction.

  • This course includes a "Certificate of Completion" delivered upon achievement of 80% passing grade on the final exam. Certificates expire in 2 years.

  • The course may be accessed from a computer, tablet or mobile device. Internet access is required as are speakers for audio.

  • The course will remain available in your account for six months - allowing you to resume the course at your own pace and schedule.

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