Course Description

The purpose of this training is to convey a working understanding of Harm Reduction (HR). That includes understanding how Harm Reduction strategies can be applied to reduce harm from drug use, and specifically how HR strategies can help curb the opioid epidemic. We’ll look at how an individual or family/caregiver can apply HR practices. How HR strategies and policies can be applied at the community, county and state-level to improve health and safety and reduce costs improve economic factors.

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.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand harm reduction as a health policy and practice.

  • Convey why, after decades of government policy, harm reduction efforts and research are needed again to help with the opioid epidemic.

  • Describe the role of harm reduction within the opioid public health crisis solutions and best practices.

  • Learn how to apply Harm Reduction principles in your life and in your work.

Course CE Credits and Certificate Program

In partnership with Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education, and funding from the Employers Forum of Indiana and the Amerisource Bergen Foundation, Overdose Lifeline has developed layperson and clinician CE courses and Certificate Program on Addiction / Substance Use Disorder with an Opioid Specialization.

The course and the certificate program are structured to support the educational needs of healthcare professionals, students, and the layperson. An individual may pursue individual course CE credits or complete the entire Certificate Program (20 credits).

The online courses provide the following CE credit accreditations:

Nursing: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) — See Courses

Pharmacy: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) — See Courses

Physician: Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) — See Courses

Other: AMA PRA Category 1™ (ACCME) which will service all other clinical and layperson CEs — See Courses

CE Credit Course Requirements

  • 100% course completion

  • 80% (minimum) passing grade on the final exam

  • Complete the course ending survey