FP Essentials™

Prescription Drug and Alcohol Use Disorders

Edition #478 | March 2019

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  • Review and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for safe prescribing of opioids.
  • Identify nonopioid first-line treatment of chronic noncancer pain.
  • Summarize the criteria for diagnosing opioid use disorder and be able to distinguish it from uncomplicated opioid dependence.
  • Describe why methadone, buprenorphine, and intramuscular naltrexone are the recommended pharmacotherapies for opioid use disorder.
  • List some prescription and nonprescription drugs with which nonmedical use can occur.
  • Describe appropriate tools to assess for nonmedical use, including drug screening tests and state prescription drug monitoring program data.
  • Identify the three screening tests that are recommended when assessing for unhealthy alcohol use and choose one or more of them to screen all adults.
  • Explain why acamprosate and naltrexone are firstline treatments for alcohol use disorder.
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March 2019


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