How E-learning Will Help In Fighting Opioid Addiction?

Education Technology Insights | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Opioid addiction is growing in United States and killing several people every year, now e-learning will become a tool to fight this addiction.

FREMONT, CA: The opioid is growing continuously across the United States day by day. It has become difficult for national and local authorities to find ways to educate users. Is such a case, eLearning is emerging as a vital tool.

Measuring the Depth of the Opioid Crisis

In the last years, around 2 percent of deaths in the United States were due to the opioid crisis. But deaths are only the most noticeable part of the crisis. According to a report, more than two million Americans have some problems with opioid, and over 97 million people took prescription painkillers. Opioid addiction is not new in the market, and it exists for centuries. Approximately American doctors write 650,000 prescriptions per day. Due to this reason, the pharmaceutical industry started to flood the market with new options, including OxyContin. As a result, this would lead to an increase in pill mills.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine’s eLearning program

Founded in 1954, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is a professional medical society representing more than 5,000 physicians, doctors, and other professionals working in the field of addiction medicine. The main aim of ASAM is to increase access and develop the quality of addiction treatment. It can be done by educating doctors and the public, supporting research and prevention, and improving the suitable role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction. The e-learning centers of ASAM offers over 300 hours of eLearning courses to participants without any cost.  

Free eLearning courses teach how to recommend opioid safely to transform lives, research-based clinical strategies, and how to instruct the public about opioid addiction and its consequences. ASAM also provides online courses for doctors and the public preparing them for Addiction Board Prevention Medicine (ABPM) certification/re-certification. This online learning platform also includes chapter overviews, study materials, definitions, and practice test papers.

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