Funeral Director: Opioids: Contributing to Both Health and Death

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Learning Objectives
  • Explain what an opioid is and why opioid use is turning into an epidemic.
  • Identify active steps that the medical community is incorporating to combat the epidemic.
  • Identify the dangers embalmers face with opioids.
  • Actively adapt personal protective procedures when dealing with the opiate dependent.
  • Explain the proper procedures when removing the deceased and clothing before embalming.
  • Identify how opioids affect the body and how this affects the embalming process.
  • Discuss how opioids affect the brain, including how naloxone combats the drug.
  • Formulate a plan for naloxone administration at the funeral home.
  • Adapt techniques to ensure safety for funeral home staff and visitors.

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