Northeast Counterdrug Training Center

Opioid Awareness Seminar

Opioid Seminar Online

Course Description: The sudden rise in opioid and prescription narcotic deaths, both nationally and throughout the Commonwealth, has presented a unique challenge to local communities. The Opioid Awareness Seminar focuses on national, statewide and local trends relating to heroin, prescription opioids, and other opioid compounds. Overdose awareness, recognizing a potential addiction and community prevention/treatment programs will also be discussed providing a realization of how the opioid epidemic can affect the school environment and the community. 

Prerequisites: None

Course Length: 1 hour

Who May Attend: Educators, Counselors, School Staff Members, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Military, Health Care Professionals and Community Based Organizations

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Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand how pain receptors works in the human body and how opioid pain medications affect these receptors
  • Analyze current national and statewide trends in regards to adolescent opioid abuse
  • Understand the pharmacology of other opioid compounds and how they can become an attractive replacement to opioid pain medications
  • Describe the signs of an opioid overdose
  • Understand statewide trends regarding drug related overdose deaths
  • Recognize the warning signs of a possible opioid addiction
  • Understand what can be done at the school/community level to help combat the opioid epidemic

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Opioid Awareness Seminar



SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP(4357) SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

DEA PA Opioid Threat Report

Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS)

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Data

Dr. Hershell Jick, Boston University Medical Center - Study

Foley & Portney - Study