Opioid medications are very powerful pain killers which are extremely addictive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States during the 12-month period May 2020 to April 2021, reflecting a new record high.
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Prescription opioids have been suggested to be an important gateway drug. In fact, opioids should not be the first-line treatment for chronic pain. Health care providers should first consider nonopioid pain relievers or nonpharmacological options.
To mitigate this explosion of opioid-associated morbidity and mortality, Dr. Paul Langois will discuss methods to mitigate the opioid crisis thru judicious prescribing, proper tapering and through a thorough patient follow-up. Numerous case studies will be used throughout this presentation to solidify the learning experience. Dr. Langlois has lectured on this topic to several multidisciplinary healthcare audiences in recent years.
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Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, is a critical care clinical specialist in the surgical, medical, neurologic, burn, CCU, and trauma ICUs of Cook County Hospital, Chicago. Drawing on over 40 years of experience assessing and managing patients with life-threatening diseases, Dr. Langlois provides advanced-level training to nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, and physicians.
Dr. Langlois is committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients through advanced education. His presentations are evidence-based, timely, and provide participants with numerous case studies to facilitate critical thinking. As a bedside clinical nurse specialist, he has developed several institution-wide protocols for the multidisciplinary assessment and management of infectious disease and multi-system organ failure patients.
His presentations are enthusiastically delivered and offer highly practical tips that help make the most challenging concepts easy to understand. Linking knowledge to clinical practice is the goal of every educational program.
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Non-financial: Dr. Paul Langlois is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
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