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En résumé

Opioids are a drug class that includes the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others. In 2016 more than 42,000 people died from overdoses involving opioids, and 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid. Every day in the United States more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using prescription opioids as directed. On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and opioid addiction is driving this epidemic.

This course challenges preconceptions about addiction and about who can become addicted to opioids. Our main goals are to reduce the stigma that exists around addiction, help prevent overdose deaths and encourage people to learn about the multiple pathways to treatment. You will learn about these topics from a variety of medical experts and hear from people who have experienced addiction themselves, or who have lost a family member to an overdose.

This course is available for Continuing Education credit. Enroll in the course to learn more about options for earning credit.

In this course, you will learn about opioid use and addiction and how it has evolved over time, leading to the current public health crisis in the United States. We will cover all of the following points:

  • Medical and non-medical use of opioids, including heroin and fentanyl
  • How to manage pain with and without opioids
  • The risks and neurological pathways to opioid addiction
  • That addiction is a disease of the brain, not a lack of will, and there are multiple ways people can become addicted to opioids
  • How men and women experience opioid addiction and treatment differently
  • How opioid addiction impacts adolescents and young people
  • The individual and social impacts of opioid addiction
  • The latest harm reduction approaches that law enforcement and public health officials are using to reduce opioid overdose deaths
  • Empathic evidence-based behavioral approaches and effective medications that health care professionals can offer people who have an addiction to opioids
  • How the path to recovery is not always straightforward, but there is life after addiction

Across seven lessons, you will learn about the origins and spread of opioid use, misuse, and addiction. Our experts also cover the appropriate ways in which this class of drugs can be used to treat specific pain conditions. We also explore deeply the impact of opioid misuse on the individual, family, and community. The course includes information about the differences between men and women when it comes to addiction and treatment, as well as the particular risks of opioid addiction in young people. And throughout the course, you will see and hear stories from people who are in recovery and those who have lost family members to overdose. While our course is not intended to serve as medical advice, you will learn about a wide variety of treatment options available to people with addiction.

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Le programme

Lesson 1: How has opioid misuse evolved and spread? Why is this a public health crisis in America?
Lesson 2: Are opioids "bad" drugs, or are there appropriate ways to use them?
Lesson 3: What counts as misuse and what can happen when you misuse opioids?
Lesson 4: How does opioid addiction affect an individual, their family, and the community?
Lesson 5: How can opioid overdose be treated and prevented?
Lesson 6: How can opioid misuse and addiction be treated?
Lesson 7: What does the process of long-term recovery from opioid addiction look like?
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Le concepteur

L’université Harvard (Harvard University), ou plus simplement Harvard, est une université privée américaine située à Cambridge, ville de l'agglomération de Boston, dans le Massachusetts. Fondée le 28 octobre 1636, c'est le plus ancien établissement d'enseignement supérieur des États-Unis.

Elle fait partie de l'Ivy League, regroupement informel des huit universités de la côte Est des États-Unis. Plus de 70 de ses étudiants ont reçu un prix Nobel. Le corps enseignant est constitué de 2 497 professeurs, pour 6 715 étudiants de premier cycle (undergraduate, en anglais) et 12 424 étudiants de cycle supérieur (graduate en anglais). Harvard attire des étudiants du monde entier (132 nationalités représentées en 2004).

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La plateforme

EdX est une plateforme d'apprentissage en ligne (dite FLOT ou MOOC). Elle héberge et met gratuitement à disposition des cours en ligne de niveau universitaire à travers le monde entier. Elle mène également des recherches sur l'apprentissage en ligne et la façon dont les utilisateurs utilisent celle-ci. Elle est à but non lucratif et la plateforme utilise un logiciel open source.

EdX a été fondée par le Massachusetts Institute of Technology et par l'université Harvard en mai 2012. En 2014, environ 50 écoles, associations et organisations internationales offrent ou projettent d'offrir des cours sur EdX. En juillet 2014, elle avait plus de 2,5 millions d'utilisateurs suivant plus de 200 cours en ligne.

Les deux universités américaines qui financent la plateforme ont investi 60 millions USD dans son développement. La plateforme France Université Numérique utilise la technologie openedX, supportée par Google.

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