Overprescribing in Substance Abuse and Elder Care

Overprescribing in Substance Abuse and Elder Care
Price: 
$20.00

Course Hours: 
1
Course Type: 
Self-Study
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Drug therapy is necessary for the treatment of many forms of mental illness and chronic pain. However, some medications can create serious health and social issues when they are overprescribed. Overprescribing or mis-prescribing medications is a particular concern in vulnerable populations such as older Americans and those with current or previous substance related disorders. This course will discuss the current overprescribing crisis in healthcare and potential solutions. Specifically, this course will provide an overview of overprescribing in eldercare and mental health settings will discuss how taking unnecessary medication harms patients and increases the risk of addiction. It will also discuss how to minimize the risks of overprescribing in treatment.

Mark Echols, Ph.D. - Dr. Echols holds a Doctorate in Counseling Studies from Capella University.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish common overprescribing practices in eldercare and mental health
  • Recall the dangers of overprescribing
  • Recognize how overprescribing contributes to addiction
  • Recall the contributing factors to overprescribing
  • Identify alternatives to overprescribing

All materials are included in this course.

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Online has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Online has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Online is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit www.iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player

MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher  with Windows
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player