Title

Pain Management for Addicted Patients

Presenter Information

Hunter JacoFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Jessica Naber RN, PhD

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

“Public Affairs” (n.d.) data shows that in 2017, more than 130 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses, 11.4 million people misused prescription opioids, and 2.1 million people had an opioid use disorder. “American Addiction Centers” (n.d.) describe opioids as, “A class of drugs that dull pain sensations by interacting with the central nervous system, nerve firings, and the chemical makeup of the brain. Opiates fill opioid receptors in the brain and increase levels of dopamine while slowing down blood pressure, respiration, and heart rates.” These drugs are highly addictive and were not originally intended to treat pain over a long period of time. People across the country are becoming and have become addicted to these drugs. Examples include: Codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and fentanyl (Melemis, n.d.).

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Pain Management for Addicted Patients

“Public Affairs” (n.d.) data shows that in 2017, more than 130 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses, 11.4 million people misused prescription opioids, and 2.1 million people had an opioid use disorder. “American Addiction Centers” (n.d.) describe opioids as, “A class of drugs that dull pain sensations by interacting with the central nervous system, nerve firings, and the chemical makeup of the brain. Opiates fill opioid receptors in the brain and increase levels of dopamine while slowing down blood pressure, respiration, and heart rates.” These drugs are highly addictive and were not originally intended to treat pain over a long period of time. People across the country are becoming and have become addicted to these drugs. Examples include: Codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and fentanyl (Melemis, n.d.).