The Opioid Learning Institute (OLI), led by HealthHIV, is a comprehensive educational initiative with a mission to educate prescribers and other healthcare professionals, and community members on safe and effective opioid practices. It does this through far-reaching resources, the DC Free Naloxone Mailing Program, and self-paced curricula covering topics related to evidence-based opioid use treatment options, safe opioid prescribing, reduction of risks of opioid misuse, effective communication strategies with patients about opioid use, and overdose prevention while offering multiple CME/CE credit opportunities.
Provider eLearning Courses are intended for prescribers and other healthcare professionals engaged in safe and effective prescribing practices and care of patients with opioid use disorder in primary care and other healthcare settings. The self-paced curriculum offers many CME/CE accredited courses and covers the following topics:
- Acupuncture, Massage, and Self-Care
- After the Waiver: Translating Training Into Practice, Advanced Topics in Buprenorphine
- Assessing Opioid Use Disorder: Selecting Appropriate Tools
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Mind-Body Techniques in Addressing Pain
- Development and Implementation of Evidence-Based Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Surgical Patients
- Effective Opioid Tapering
- Enhancing Organizational Capacity and Provider Readiness to Treat OUD With Buprenorphine/Naloxone: Clinical Application of a MOUD
- Enhancing Organizational Capacity and Provider Readiness to Treat OUD With Buprenorphine/Naloxone: System Level Strategies
- Epidemiology of OUD: the US and the District
- Harm Reduction Approaches for Providers Addressing Opioid Use
- Implementing the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
- Integrating Buprenorphine Treatment Into Infectious Disease Settings
- Nutrition for Pain Management
- Opioid Overdose Prevention & Naloxone Education
- Patient-Provider Relationship in Addressing Addiction
- Treating Acute Pain to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Opioids
- Treating Opioid Use Disorder in the Skilled Nursing Setting
- Treating Opioid Use Disorder: Primer for Clinicians
- Treatment Considerations for Co-Occurring Opioid and Stimulant Use
- Understanding Pain and Assessing Opioid Risk
Community eLearning Course is intended for community members, people who use drugs, and people who know people who use drugs to learn more about preventing opioid overdose and Naloxone, the opiate overdose reversal drug.
- Opioid Overdose Prevention & Naloxone Education (Community)
OLI maintains a robust resource library on the below topics:
- Harm Reduction
- Overdose Prevention
- Pain Management
- Prescribing Guidelines
- Mail Order Program
DC Free Naloxone Mail Order Program
DC residents may request to receive free naloxone by mail from the Opioid Learning Institute. Naloxone, also known as NARCAN®, is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. To learn more and access the DC Free Naloxone program, click here.
This program is funded wholly, or in part, by the Government of the District of Columbia, Department of Behavioral Health.