Pediatric Opioids

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Learning Objectives

  • Challenges assessing pain
  • Dosing limitations & restrictions
  • National Abstinence Syndrome

Course Description

America’s opioid epidemic has affected both adults and children. Opioids are the most commonly abused drugs among adolescents in the USA and are the most frequent cause of serious injury or death resulting from unintentional drug poisoning. Between 2010 and 2014, 83,418 children were exposed to an opioid and almost 50% experienced poisoning. This course explores safe pediatric opioid prescribing, including a number of challenges specific to this special population.

Did you know…

  • Lack of evidence-based dosing recommendations for children and adolescents
  • Difficulty of assessing pain in younger, pre-verbal, and communication-impaired children
  • Stricter state laws on dose limitations for pediatric patients
  • Restrictions on certain opioids for pediatric patients(codeine, tramadol)
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

Course at a Glance

Target Audience: Physicians

Time to Complete: 60 Minutes

Contributor: Children’s Hospital Colorado

Author Information

As a private, not-for-proft pediatric healthcare network, Children’s Hospital Colorado is 100% dedicated to caring for kids at all ages and stages of growth. With more than 3,000 pediatric specialists and more than 5,000 full-time employees, the hospital provides comprehensive pediatric care at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora and several locations throughout the region.

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Children’s Hospital Colorado